Edward Burns

BirthNov. 13, 1838
DeathMay 28, 1908
CemeteryScribner (Scribner)
PostWoodbury (Scribner)
Unit4th Michigan Infantry, Company B

Corporal Edward C Burns

Company B, 4th Michigan Infantry

Burns was born in Phelps (Ontario County), New York on November 13, 1838. He was residing in Steuben (Schoolcraft County), Michigan when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on June 20, 1861. He served about 44 months and was mustered out on February 7, 1865 at Detroit.

The 4th Michigan Infantry was organized and mustered at Adrian, Michigan on June 20, 1861. During Burns’ enlistment, the unit fought in many major battles. Some of them include:

Battle of Gaines’ Mill (VA) (June 27, 1862). Regimental losses were 15 killed, 39 wounded, 8 captured, and 16 were reported missing.

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862). Regimental losses were 41 killed, 44 wounded, 1 captured, and 10 were reported missing.

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

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862). Regimental losses were 9 killed and 41 wounded.

Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 1-5, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 25 killed, 75 wounded, 63 captured, and 12 reported missing.

The regiment lost 12 officers and 177 enlisted men in combat. In addition, 1 officer and 107 enlisted men died due to disease. The total loss was 297 men.

Corporal Burns was captured by Confederate forces on November 10, 1863 near Miner’s Hill, Virginia. He was imprisoned for about 1 year at Andersonville Prison. He was released on November 14, 1864 via a prisoner exchange.

He died on May 28, 1908. He is buried in the Scribner Cemetery in Scribner (Dodge County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Woodbury Post (#311) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Scribner.

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