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Civilian John Burns.
John Burns of Gettysburg.
The "Patriot" John L. Burns.
John L. Burns
1794 - 1872
70 year old Gettysburg civilian John Burns picked
up his flintlock musket and headed to the scene of the battle.
On July 1, 1863, John Burns left the shelter of his Gettysburg home and joined in
the fighting west of town. Wounded and captured, Burns survived the battle to
become a national celebrity. In the months that followed, he was visited
by reporters and photographers; he received the personal thanks of
Abraham Lincoln, and Congress
passed a special act granting him a pension. As his tale spread across the
land, some of its details became distorted, and today much of what happened
is shrouded in myth and legend.
●John Burns was
a veteran of the War of 1812 and was a former Constable of Gettysburg.
●He was 70 years old when he
picked up his flintlock musket to defend his homeland at the Battle of
● Wounded three times
during the fighting at Gettysburg.
●John Burns monument was dedicated July
70 year old John Burns, Gettysburg
civilian, picked up his musket and headed for battle west of town where he was
wounded three times. The John Burns monument was dedicated on July 1, 1903 and
is located near the Edward McPherson barn on McPherson's ridge, about one mile
west of the Gettysburg town. This is the area in which John Burns actively
participated in fighting the confederate forces. Photos of the Gettysburg
Civilian John Burns monument and final resting place.
John Burns Monument.
The plaque reads:
MY THANKS ARE SPECIALLY DUE TO A CITIZEN OF GETTYSBURG
NAMED JOHN BURNS WHO ALTHOUGH OVER SEVENTY YEARS OF AGE SHOULDERED HIS
MUSKET AND OFFERED HIS SERVICES TO COLONEL WISTER ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH
PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS. COLONEL WISTER ADVISED HIM TO FIGHT IN THE WOODS
AS THERE WAS MORE SHELTER THERE BUT HE PREFERRED TO JOIN OUR LINE OF
SKIRMISHERS IN THE OPEN FIELDS. WHEN THE TROOPS RETIRED HE FOUGHT WITH THE
IRON BRIGADE. HE WAS WOUNDED IN THREE PLACES.
GETTYSBURG REPORT OF MAJ-GEN. DOUBLEDAY.
John Burns gravesite
John Burns gravesite Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Date of photo: April 2005.
1794 - 1872
1799 - 1868
Books and Videos about Civilians of
The Hero of Gettysburg. Smith. John L. Burns remains one of the most
famous civilian warriors in American history. This full-length biography
sorts out fact from fiction, covering how he was wounded, captured and
survived to become a national celebrity; how he received a personal thanks
from Abraham Lincoln; how Congress passed a special act granting him a
pension; and much more.
Firestorm at Gettysburg
Civilian Voices June-November 1863. Slade & Alexander. In this book, the
civilians who lived through the battle of Gettysburg recount this pivotal
event in their own words. Their eyewitness accounts, spanning from June 15,
1863, through Lincoln's address in November of that year, are compelling
tales told by those literally trapped inside the lines of the two great,
warring armies. 208 pgs., 160 B&W photos, 8˝"x 11", hdbd.
Meet the Civilians
Mary Virginia Wade or Jennie Wade, was the only
civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Jennie was 20 years old at
her death during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Matilda "Tillie" Pierce or Tillie Pierce, wrote
perhaps the best documentation about events that took place during the
Battle of Gettysburg. Tillie Pierce was only 15 years old at the time of the
Battle of Gettysburg.
Elizabeth Salome Myers a schoolteacher, got over the
sight of blood and helped care for wounded soldiers during the Battle of
Gettysburg Civilian John Burns, a veteran of the War
of 1812, picked up his flintlock musket and went to the scene of the
fighting. At 70 years old, he was wounded during the fight.
Buried 91 soldiers in the Evergreen
Cemetery while she was six months pregnant.
Women at Gettysburg
E. F. Conklin. Tells the story of 40 women who served on the field of
Gettysburg both during and after the battle. These army matrons, Christian
and Sanitary Commission workers, State agents, laundresses, nurses,
vivandieres, soldiers, and civilians represented states from Maine to
Louisiana, and include among them three recipients of the Kearny Cross. "All
Civil War books should be researched this well." - Civil War News. 430
The Ties of the Past : The Gettysburg Diaries of Salome Myers Stewart, 1854-1922
Memoirs of a schoolteacher who became caught up in the
horrible battle at Gettysburg, nursing wounded soldiers.
The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Forgotten History: Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle
In the summer of 1863, as Union and Confederate armies
converged on southern Pennsylvania, the town of Gettysburg found itself
thrust onto the center stage of war. The three days of fighting that ensued
decisively turned the tide of the Civil War. In The
Colors of Courage,
Margaret Creighton narrates the tale of this crucial battle from the
viewpoint of three unsung groups--women, immigrants, and African
Americans--and reveals how wide the conflict's dimensions were. A historian
with a superb flair for storytelling, Creighton draws on memoirs, letters,
diaries, and newspapers to bring to life the individuals at the heart of her
Colors of Courage is
a stunningly fluid work of original history-one that redefines the Civil
War's most remarkable battle.
At Gettysburg; or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle (Illustrated Edition)
Matilda (Tillie) Pierce Alleman (1848-1914) was a young girl
of 15 and a resident of Gettysburg during the battle of Gettysburg. Her
maiden name was Tillie Pierce. During the first day's fighting, Tillie's
father, James Pierce, ran a butcher shop in the town. During the first day
of fighting at Gettysburg, the Pierces moved Tillie out of the town to a
farm, thinking she would be safer there. It turned out that Tillie ended up
right behind the Union lines on the second and third day. The farm where she
stayed became a field hospital, and this young girl witnessed much suffering
and death. Later in life, Mrs. Alleman wrote an account of what she saw, and
it is considered a very accurate and excellent first hand source.
At Gettysburg Or What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle: A True Narrative (1889)
At Gettysburg: Or, What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle
The Unknown Civil War Series: Gettysburg
From the Unknown Civil
War series that was made by the Graystone Communications Group and was
shown on the History Channel. This set has 12 episodes and a bonus
roundtable. Many of these episodes have never been on DVD before, only on
The Heroes Of Gettysburg
Jenny Wade Of Gettysburg
Tillie Pierce Of Gettysburg
Joshua L. Chamberlain At Gettysburg
Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg
General John Buford
The Legends Of Gettysburg
The Irish At Gettysburg
USA Commanders At Gettysburg
CSA Commanders At Gettysburg
Lee's Commanders: The Men Who Fought For A Legend
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