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Sgt Albert Gesner Bunn, Jr

Sgt Albert Gesner Bunn, Jr

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Jul 1863 (aged 24)
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section X, Lot 166
Memorial ID 79503110 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Soldier. He was mustered in as a Sergeant in Company B, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on July 10, 1861. He was wounded in the October 1861 Battle of Ball's Bluff, and the June 30, 1862 Battle of Glendale, Virginia, during the Seven Days Battles. On the Third Day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he was wounded in the head by a shell and killed while manning an artillery piece after all the gunners were cut down.

He was originally interred by his family in Philadelphia's Monument Cemetery, but was re-interred in Laurel Hill on November 13, 1863.

His parents were Albert Gesner Bunn Sr. (1802-1873) and Rebecca Crouse Bunn (1808-1865).

Brothers William M. and Alexander J. both served in the Civil War. William M. served in Company F, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He later became Governor of the Idaho Territory. Alexander J. served in Company E, 3rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. Both are buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Obituary, July 17, 1863, Philadelphia Public Ledger:

"BUNN – Killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3d, 1863, in the 25th year of his age, Serg't ALBERT G. BUNN. Of Co B, 71st Reg't P V., son of Albert G., and Rebecca Bunn.
His relatives and friends, the Northern Liberties Lodge No. 67, I.O.O.F, and the Order in general, the Printers Union, the Independence Hose and Globe Engine Companies, also all members of the regiment that are in the City, and the members of the Provost Guard, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from the residence of his parents, 1005 Lawrence Street, this (Friday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock. To proceed to Monument Cemetery".

Article, August 3, 1863, Philadelphia Inquirer:

"A MODEL SOLDIER. – SERGEANT ALFRED G. BUNN, of the Seventy-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. He enlisted in the California Regiment at the commencement of the war, and was wounded in the leg during the fight at Ball's Bluff. He rejoined the regiment as soon as he recovered and was again wounded at the battle of White Oak Swamp, being shot in the head. He passed safely through all the other battles, until that at Gettysburg, when he fell mortally wounded, having previously received two wounds, one in the leg and the other in the arm. He would not leave his post, however, but continued to serve at one of the batteries until a third shot struck him in the head, killing him instantly. He had written a letter the morning before the fight to his mother, and endorsed it with a request that, in case he should get killed, the finder would send it to his mother. The letter was found by one of the First New York Battery. It is as follows – "July 2, 1863 - Dear Father and Mother:-Since I wrote you last I have been constantly on the move; we are now in Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg, and the grand battle is expected to come off this morning. There was a small fight yesterday. We were awakened very early this morning and were moved up to our present position, where we can hear the roar of the cannon. No matter what happens I will do my duty, and will not be shot in the back, and if it is God's will that I should fall I hope you will not mourn for me, but rather rejoice that you had one son who fell in defense of his country and native State. Your affectionate son, Albert G. Bunn." This letter is an epitaph worthy of a hero. There is a moral courage in it, blended with the physical, that should endear the name of the author to every loyal person in the country".



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  • Created by: Russ Dodge
  • Added: 29 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79503110
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Albert Gesner Bunn, Jr (23 Oct 1838–3 Jul 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79503110, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Russ Dodge (contributor 309) .