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James M Burns (Medal of Honor)

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Awards  Medal of Honor
Role  Medal of Honor

Name  James Burns
Rank  Lieutenant colonel
James M. Burns (Medal of Honor)
Born  August 9, 1845 Wells Township, Ohio (1845-08-09)
Place of burial  Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Ohio
Battles/wars  American Civil War  • Battle of New Market Indian Wars Spanish–American War
Died  October 30, 1910, Ohio, United States
Unit  1st West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles and wars  American Civil War, Battle of New Market, American Indian Wars, Spanish–American War
Service/branch  United States Army, Union Army

Years of service  1861–1865, 1867–1899
Allegiance  United States of America

James Madison Burns (August 9, 1845 – October 30, 1910) was a Union Army soldier and officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of New Market Virginia on May 15, 1864.

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Following the war, Burns was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also served in the Indian Wars and the Spanish–American War, until retiring due to disability in 1899.

Medal of Honor citation

"The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant James Madison Burns, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 May 1864, while serving with Company B, 1st West Virginia Infantry, in action at New Market, Virginia. Under a heavy fire of musketry, Sergeant Burns rallied a few men to the support of the colors, in danger of capture and bore them to a place of safety. One of his comrades having been severely wounded in the effort, Sergeant Burns went back a hundred yards in the face of the enemy's fire and carried the wounded man from the field."

References

James M. Burns (Medal of Honor) Wikipedia


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