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    Civil War Patriot & Hero of Gettysburg John L. Burns Signed Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4", with a Brady studio imprint on verso. A standing portrait of Burns holding his rifle. Written in pencil on verso is "Gettysburg fame." A resident of Gettysburg, PA, Burns was rejected for battle and sent home due to his age. During Confederate Maj. Gen. Jubal Early's occupation of Gettysburg, Burns was jailed for civil disobedience after resisting Early's authority. During the Battle of Gettysburg, he took his musket and joined the fighting. At McPherson's Woods, he fought alongside the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, then later with the 24th Michigan. He fought alongside the famous Iron Brigade and served effectively as a sharpshooter.

    Burns was wounded during the battle and was left by the Union on the battlefield. Managing to crawl away from his gun and hide his ammo, he convinced the Confederates that he was a non- combatant who had wandered on to the battlefield, so they took him to their surgeons to have his wounds dressed.
    After hearing the story of John Burns, Mathew Brady 's photographer, Timothy H. O' Sullivan, captured this iconic photograph of the veteran. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Lightly toned throughout, with a small amount of adhesive residue on verso. Worn corners.


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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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