Civil War History From Geo. MackieIn response to his article on "Grundy County And The Civil War Centennial" which recently appeared in The Grundy Register, Glenn E. McCoy has received the following letter from George Mackie of Kalispell, Montana:
May 25, 1961
I read in the last issue of the Register that the Grundy County Civil War Centennial Commission is seeking information concerning Grundy county veterans. The information I have to give is quite meager and is in regard to my great-grandfather, Albert Burton.
At the outbreak of the war he enlisted at Galesburg, Ill., in Company I of the 12th Illinois Infantry and served through the war. All I know for sure about his service is that he was in action at Allatonna, Georgia, during the Union advance on Atlanta, and that he was in the Battle of Atlanta, and finally that he went with "Uncle Billy" Sherman from Atlanta to the sea. How I wish I could fill in the gap from his enlistment to the Atlanta Campaign in 1864!
He was in the newspaper business before the war and when he came to Iowa in 1877, he established the newspaper in Holland and in 1880 he moved to Conrad and founded the newspaper there, and then for 17 years followed the destinies of Conrad and her people. He died at the Soldiers Home, Quincy, Ill., in 1905 and is buried there.
I realize that the information I have given is very scanty and it may or may not be of interest to the commission. If it is not of interest, you have my permission to file this in the waste basket. In any case, good luck to the commission in digging out the information on Grundy county's participation in the war and I hope that at some future date the findings can be published for all to read.
Very truly yours,
(s) George Mackie
This is an interesting letter concerning a former resident of our county. No doubt there are many more persons at a distance and many here at home who can help the Grundy County Civil War Commission secure information and materials that will make the commemoration of the Centennial of great interest to the people of Grundy county. The commission urges all persons who can help to volunteer their services. And the sooner the help is received the better the job the commission can do.
--Glenn E. McCoy, Chairman, Grundy County Civil War Centennial Commission.
Source: The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 June 1961, sec 2, pg 1