Thanks so much for your reply. I have done historical and genealogical research for a long time but not much of it has been military in nature. I find these Burbridge brothers fascinating. When you say there are 280 cards, I'm not sure exactly what you are talking about. I have paid to look at the fold 3 records for Clinton and I know there are 150 pages on there or so. i have also ordered copies of some more from the Missouri Historical Society but am unsure where I could see all of them. Would that mean ordering his entire service record from somewhere? You sound like you have lots of experience with the military records so would love it if you could help me figure out how to get complete picture. I have searched through old newspapers also and found additional info. I have found that there were first cousins in this family --these three were Confederates and three from another family Union--all from the same community in Missouri. Their grandfather was a Rev War veteran and it is this man Roland that I am also descended from. Clinton seems to have led a pretty fast and furious life. He dies in 1867 right after the war and I have to wonder if his imprisonments shortened his life. They take him back to Louisiana for burial but no funeral is mentioned. I am sure there were lots of hard feelings with everything he was involved with during the war. It all seems rather sad but also kind of fascinating.
Thanks for any help or info you or anyone else out there can provide. Do you know if anyone has tried to put their history together?