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Civil War Soldiers - Burnham

Burnham, Hiram, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Maine, and entered the Union service at the beginning of the Civil war as colonel of the 6th Maine volunteers. He led his regiment with skill and gallantry through the Peninsular campaign, at Antietam and subsequent engagements. He distinguished himself for gallantry at the second battle of Fredericksburg and at Gettysburg, and on April 27, 1864, was made brigadier-general of volunteers. He bore a conspicuous part in the campaign from the Wilderness to Petersburg. He was killed Sept. 29, 1864, in battle at Chaffin's farm. A few weeks prior to his death he was given command of a brigade in Stannard's division, 18th army corps.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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