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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