BURKE, TOBIAS (1834 ~ 1923). Confederate veteran Tobias Burke was born in Ireland in 1834. At some point he immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Adams County, Mississippi.
He enlisted into service for the Confederacy from Adams County on March 11, 1862 and was mustered into the 16th Mississippi Infantry, Company D (known as Adams Light Guard No. 2). The 16th saw heavy action throughout the Civil War as it was detached to Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. They fought at First and Second Manassas (First and Second Bull Run), Fredericksburg, Harper's Ferry and Spotsylvania among others. Burke was wounded at Second Manassas, but was back at his unit for Spotsylvania where the 16th suffered heavy losses in May of 1864.
Burke was captured by Union forces at the Battle of Spotsylvania. He was held prisoner at Ft. Delaware for the duration of the War. Burke signed an Oath of Allegiance on March 16, 1865 and was paroled.
Burke had a rejected pension application. The application shows that he was a prisoner at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864. He may have been rejected for a pension because he took the Oath of Allegiance.
Burke likely returned to Mississippi for a time before moving to Texas. On his pension application (dated 1923) he said he had been a Texas resident for 40 years. He stated his residence was in Fort Worth. He successfully applied for entrance to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin around 1911.
Burke died at the Home on November 7, 1923 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Unit information taken from Dunbar Rowland's Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898, accessed from http://www.mississippiscv.org/MS_Units/16th_MS_INF.htm. Other source materials include Texas State Archive documents and Texas State Cemetery file materials.