Burrell Douglas deserted from Camp Lee, Bryan Co. on the 24th of May 1863 and was dropped from the roll by order Maj. Anderson.
Feelings are that Burrell "just had to visit" and see his newborn baby. Probably, he got word of how bad his situation was. He was afraid but he joined a local company formed as "Satilla Rifles" in Appling County. The elected Captain, William Mann, wrote a letter to the War Department expressing that his company was ready for action. This was in April '64. Burrell Douglass' name appeared when this company mustered in the 54th Regiment, Georgia Infantry. In less than a month, Douglas was captured.
On May 2, 1864 Pvt. Douglass was sentenced to be shot then on May 30th his sentence was suspended until further orders. On November 19, 1864 Burrell Douglass and 23 other men were pardoned by the President, released from arrest and restored back to duty. Burrell continued as a Confederate soldier after this.
No further Records.
Information provided by Silas David Douglas gg grandson of Burrell Douglass.