|Birth||Aug. 23, 1833|
|Death||Nov. 10, 1909|
|Unit||1st Massachusetts Cavalry, Company G|
Farrier William M Burns
Company G, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry
Burns was born in Lawrence (Essex County), Massachusetts on August 23, 1833. Enlistment records indicate that he was employed as a blacksmith. He enlisted in the regiment as a farrier on October 21, 1861. Burns was mustered on October 23, 1861 and served over 3 years. He was mustered out on October 31, 1864.
The 1st Massachusetts Cavalry was organized in 1861 and participated in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Brandy Station (VA) (June 9, 1863). The largest cavalry battle of the Civil War.
Battle of Aldie (VA) (June 17, 1863). Regimental losses were 24 killed, 62 wounded, 76 captured, and 17 were reported missing.
Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).
Burns died on November 10, 1909. He is buried in the Gothenberg Cemetery near Gothenberg (Dawson County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Martin Post (#206) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Gothenberg. Post #206 was named for Sergeant Thomas W Martin of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. Martin was killed at the Battle of Brandy Station.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.