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John Burns Monument.

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.

The "Patriot"  John L. Burns.

John Burns monument
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
John Burns gravesite Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Evergreen Cemetery.
Date of photo: April 2005.

The Stone Reads:
JOHN BURNS
1794 - 1872
HIS WIFE
BARBARA
1799 - 1868

PATRIOT

John Burns - Book
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. 203 pgs., 60 B&W photos.
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John Burns information.

John Burns was a veteran of the War of 1812.

John Burns was 70 years old when he picked up his flintlock musket to defend his homeland at the Battle of Gettysburg.

John Burns was wounded three times during the fighting at Gettysburg.

John Burns monument was dedicated July 1, 1903.

 

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