Execution of a Deserter.

Civil War

August 30, 1862, The Charleston Mercury

On Thursday last, at noon, Corporal GEORGE H. BURGER, of Company E, 1st Regiment, S.C. Artillery, was publicly shot to death, in accordance with the sentence of a Court Martial, for the crime of desertion. The execution took place on the front beach of Sullivan’s Island, some little distance beyond the Moultrie House. Col. REITT’S Regiment, under command of Lieut. Col. DANTZLER, the 1st Regiment of Artillery, commanded by Capt. PRESTON, a part of the 1st Regiment of Infantry, commanded by Capt. BAKER, and the Provost Marshal’s Guard, consisting of detachments from the Charleston Battalion and Col. COLQUITT’S 46th Georgia Regiment, were drawn up in a hollow square to witness the solemn scene.

The Provost Marshal, Lieut. Col. GAILLARD, directed the proceedings of the execution. The condemned man met his fate with composure. He was attended in his last moments by the Right Rev. Bishop LYNCH, with whom he joined in prayer previous to the execution. When the signal was given, BURGER fell, pierced by six balls. His body was buried in the soldiers’ graveyard on the island.