Burlington Cunningham


BirthAug. 4, 1841
DeathNov. 30, 1930
CemeteryGreenwood (Wayne)
PostPorter (Bloomfield)
Unit19th Indiana Infantry, Company K

Sergeant Burlington Cunningham

Company K, 19th Indiana Infantry

Cunningham was born on August 4, 1841. He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on July 29, 1861 at Indianapolis. Cunningham was promoted to corporal for his actions at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. In addition, he was promoted to sergeant in 1863. Cunningham served 3 years and was mustered out on July 28, 1864.

The 19th Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Indianapolis on July 29, 1861. During Cunningham’s enlistment, the regiment fought in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 16-17, 1862).

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 2-5, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16-October 18, 1864).

Cunningham was wounded 2 times during the Civil War. He was wounded the first time on September 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam. He was one of 23 members of the regiment to be wounded that day. In addition, 17 soldiers were killed. He was wounded the second time at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The regiment suffered heavy casualties on that date. Twenty six (26) were killed, 34 were wounded, and 14 were taken prisoner.

Cunningham died on November 30, 1930 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne (Wayne County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Porter Post (#230) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Bloomfield, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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