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John Burns
Birth: 1794
Death: 1872

Civil War Figure. He was the only Gettysburg civilian to fight in the Battle of Gettysburg. Angry that the Confederates had driven off his cattle a few days before, he fought alongside the vaunted Iron Brigade in McPherson's Woods on the July 1, 1863 (the first day of the battle) and was wounded three times. He survived and met with President Abraham Lincoln in November 1863 when the President came to give his famous address. A statue commemorating John Burns was dedicated on July 1, 1903, and is located in the Gettysburg National Military Park on Stone Avenue, McPherson Ridge. (bio by: Ethan F. Bishop) 
 
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  Barbara Burns (1799 - 1868)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 08, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5831651
John Burns
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John Burns
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John Burns
Added by: Albert Ledoux
 
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- Anne Wyatt
 Added: Jun. 12, 2014

- JEB
 Added: Jun. 2, 2014
John, you may have been too old to join up for this war, but, by golly, you defended your home, your town, and your country. A true hero. It's an honor to visit your memorial, sir.
- Git 'Er Dug
 Added: Nov. 25, 2013
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