Organization: Company B, 2d U.S. Infantry
Entered Service: Connecticut
Birth: New Haven, CT
Date Medal Issued: 21 April 1892
Date of Action: 20 September 1862
Place of Action: Shepherdstown Ford, Va.
Voluntarily attempted to spike a gun in the face of the enemy.
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CAMP NEAR SHARPSBURG, MD.,
September 25, 1862.
SIR: I respectfully call to the notice of the officer commanding the gallant conduct of First Sergt. Daniel W. Burke, Company B, Second Infantry, on the 20th instant. When our troops were falling back across the Potomac, on hearing that a piece of artillery had been left unspiked, he volunteered to go back and do it, and, on getting permission, did go back and assist in spiking said gun in the face of the enemy's sharpshooters.
Hoping that the case will be noticed as it deserves, I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. F. DRUM,
First Lieutenant Second Infantry, Commanding Company B.
Respectfully forwarded. This non-commissioned officer has been mentioned before for good conduct in face of the enemy.
Source: Attachments to Lt. Poland's Report; OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Pages 362 - 364