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Federal (USA)


Daniel Webster Burke

(1841 - 1911)

Home State: Connecticut

Command Billet: Soldier

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd and 10th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private, Company E, in the 2nd US Infantry in June 1858. He was wounded in action at Wilson's Creek in August 1861 and again on 27 June 1862 at Gaines Mill. By then he was First Sergeant, Company B.

On the Campaign

He was cited at Antietam among "those who most distinguished themselves for excellent behavior" by Lt Poland in his official report, and was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Shepherdstown on 20 September.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, Co. K, 2nd US in November 1862 (to date from 18 July), and was wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant the same day.

After the War

He was honored by brevet to Captain (2 July 1863) and Major (22 January 1866) for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Gettysburg. He continued in Regular Army service and was commissioned Captain in the 45th US Infantry in January 1867 and transferred to the 14th in 1869. In 1877 "after Crazy Horse's death, Black Fox led the 'stampede' back to Spotted Tail Agency, where he threatened to kill Camp Sheridan [Nebraska] commander Captain Daniel W. Burke for his role in Crazy Horse's arrest."1

He was made Major of the 23rd US in August 1894, Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th in December 1897, and Colonel of the 17th Infantry in September 1899. He was appointed Brigadier General USA on 20 October 1899 and retired from the Service the next day. He then made his residence in Portland, Oregon.

References & notes

Basic bio information from Patterson,2 service data from Heitmann.3 Thanks to 2nd Infantry historian L R Grzywinski for more detail.


04/22/1841; New Haven, CT


05/29/1911; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, VA


1   From article citing a letter from Captain Daniel W. Burke to Colonel Luther P. Bradley, September 7, 1877; box 1, Luther P. Bradley Papers, United States Army Military History Institute, West Point, NY
Bray, Kingsley M., We Belong to the North: The Flights of the Northern Indians from the White River Agencies, 1877-1878, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 2005-06-01  [AotW citation 278]

2   Patterson, Michael Robert, Burials In Arlington National Cemetery, Published 1996-, first accessed 01 January 2001, <>, Source page: /dwburke.htm  [AotW citation 279]

3   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 263  [AotW citation 280]