James M. Burns (Medal of Honor)

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James M. Burns
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Born (1845-08-09)August 9, 1845
Wells Township, Ohio
Died October 30, 1910(1910-10-30) (aged 65)
Ohio
Place of burial Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, Ohio
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865, 1867 - 1899
Rank Union army lt col rank insignia.jpg Lieutenant colonel
Unit West Virginia 1st West Virginia Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of New Market
Indian Wars
Spanish-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

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.

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. [1]

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“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.”

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