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BURNS, JAMES

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Under a heavy fire of musketry, rallied a few men to the support of the colors, in danger of capture, and bore them to a place of safety. One of his comrades having been severely wounded in the effort, Sgt. Burns went back a hundred yards in the face of the enemy's fire and carried the wounded man from the field.

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U.S. Army Sergeant (highest rank: Lieutenant Colonel) Company B, 1st West Virginia Infantry

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Civil War 1864 Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio

Citation

Under a heavy fire of musketry, rallied a few men to the support of the colors, in danger of capture, and bore them to a place of safety. One of his comrades having been severely wounded in the effort, Sgt. Burns went back a hundred yards in the face of the enemy's fire and carried the wounded man from the field.