John Gregory Bourke


John Gregory Bourke Famous memorial

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Jun 1896 (aged 49)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 1, Grave 32-A
Memorial ID 6182148 View Source

Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as a Private in Company E, 15th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, having enlisted at age 17 on on August 12, 1862, and serving until his honorably discharge on July 5, 1865. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on December 31, 1862, to January 1, 1863. His citation reads simply "Gallantry in action." His Medal was issued on November 16, 1887. He was one of six 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (the others being Sergeant Everett W. Anderson, Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Betts, Colonel William J. Palmer, 1st Lieutenant Anthony Taylor, and Private John Tweedale). He stayed in the United States Army after the War, serving on the frontier with the 3rd United States Cavalry Regiment. During his service, he made extensive studies of the Plains Indians, and published three books on the U.S. Army Frontier Campaigns ini which he served. In 1978, a biography of him "John Gregory Bourke: A Soldier-Scientist on the Frontier" was published by William Gardner Bell.

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  • Originally Created by: RPD2
  • Added: 14 Feb 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6182148
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Gregory Bourke (23 Jun 1846–8 Jun 1896), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6182148, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .