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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

BURRITT, CASSIUS M (1843-1929)

Santa Cruz Evening News (November 25, 1929)

Headstone of Cassius M Burritt
Cassius M. Burritt
Oakwood Memorial Park

Another Comrade of Grand Army Answers Final Muster Roll

The funeral service for the late Cassius M. Burritt was held this afternoon from Chase's mortuary parlors, and it marked the passing of another of the aged Grand Army men of our community. Comrade Burritt was born eighty-one years ago in Orwell, Ohio, and was old enough to serve when the great Civil War was on. He enlisted in 1863, and received his honorable discharge at the close of the war. He had risen to the sergeant rank when he was taken prisoner and was held in Libby and Anderson prisons for a year and a half before his exchange was effected; returned to his regiment at Nashville and was there when the war closed.

His home was in the eastern states until twelve years ago when he and his family came west and settled in Santa Cruz. Though this city has known him only in his less active years he has won the esteem of a large circle of friends , and his passing is a real loss to Santa Cruz.

Mr. Burritt leaves a widow, Mrs. Victoria Burritt, of 331 Broadway, and a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dobbins, of Santa Rosa, and two sons here, Norman and Robley Burritt. Also there are two sons by his earlier marriage, M.A. Burritt of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and C.W. Burritt of Jesus, Iowa.

The service was conducted jointly by Dr. Burton M. Palmer and the Wallace Reynolds post of the G.A.R. and commitment was in the SCruz/OMP cemetery.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (November 26, 1924)

Funeral of Cassius M. Burritt

Comrade Cassius M. Burritt whose funeral service was held yesterday was another of the esteemed Grand Army men of the local post, and his loss is felt by a large circle of friends and G.A.R. comrades.

He served in the Civil War with honor, though his active career was interrupted while he was a sergeant by being taken prisoner. The noted prisons, Libby and Andersonville, held him for a year and a half. He was honorably discharged from Nashville, where he had joined his regiment, at the close of the war.

His home has been in Santa Cruz for the past twelve years. His widow, Mrs. Victoria Burritt, and his two sons, Norman and Robley, reside here, and the daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dobbins, now of Santa Rosa, was here for the services. Two other sons, by an earlier marriage, are in the east, D., and C.W. Burritt of Jesup, and M.A. Burritt of Sioux Falls, S. [Dakota?] Iowa.

Dr. Burton M. Palmer [1st Congregational church], and the Grand Army post jointly conducted the funeral services and the commitment was made in SCruz/OMP cemetery.


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