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Civil War Soldiers - Burns

Burns, William W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Coshocton, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1825, was graduated at West Point in 1847, and joined the 3d infantry. He served throughout the war with Mexico, and, after ten years of frontier, garrison and recruiting duty, was given a staff appointment as captain and commissary of subsistence. His experience in the supply department led to his appointment for similar duties of an important nature during the Civil war. He served with the Army of the Potomac, was wounded at Savage Station, June 29, 1862, and was in the field with the Army of the Potomac up to and including the battle of Fredericksburg. He was then appointed chief commissary of the Department of the Northwest, and subsequently, during the closing years of the war, was in charge successively of commissary departments of the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, and finally of the entire south. After the war he was on duty at Washington. He was brevetted brigadier- general, U. S. A., March 13, 1865.

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

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