Burbridge, Stephen Gano was born on August 19, 1831 in Scott County, Kentucky, United States. Son of Captain Robert and Eliza Ann (Barnes) Burbridge.
Attended Georgetown (Kentucky) College, Kentucky Military Institute.
Farmed in Logan County, Kentucky. Commissioned colonel 26th Kentucky Infantry in the United States Army, 1861. Served with Army of Ohio at battle of Shiloh.
Promoted brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1862. Active at Vicksburg campaign. Given temporary command of District of Kentucky, 1864, successful in his military operation, his civilian responsibiltes.
But antagonized moderate Union faction with his civilian policies. Accused of using extra legal methods in Kentucky in order to assure Lincoln’s reelection, 1864. Suppressed Kentucky Home Guards, disbanded state troops raised to resist guerrillas.
Called “murderer” for his brutal suppression of guerrilla forces. Relieved of command, 1865. His methods earned such general hatred from populace that he did not feel safe to live in Ky.
Married Lizzie Goff, 1, daughter, Sara R. Studied law.