Thomas Burke (soldier)

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Thomas Burke
Born 1842
Died March 15, 1902
New York City
Buried Calvary Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1864
Rank Private
Unit New York (state) Company A, 5th New York Cavalry
Awards Medal of Honor

Private Thomas Burke (1842 to March 15, 1902) was an Irish soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Burke received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at Hanover Courthouse in Virginia the on 30 June 1863. He was honored with the award on 11 February 1878.[1][2][3]


Burke was born in Ireland in 1842. He joined the 5th New York Cavalry in October 1861, and mustered out in October 1864. Burke died on 15 March 1902 and his remains are interred at the Calvary Cemetery in New York.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Capture of battle flag.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Burke". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Army Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 26 November 2013.