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Federal (USV)


Levi Frank Burnett

(1839 - 1910)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 84th New York Infantry/14th Brooklyn

Before Antietam

He was schooled in Maplewood and Springfield, NJ. He was a clerk on Wall Street and assistant bookkeeper with the Brooklyn Light Company before he enlisted in Company A, 84th New York Infantry in Brooklyn on 16 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded by gunshot in the left leg below the knee in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam. He was later honored by brevet (to First Lieutenant and Captain of Volunteers, 13 March 1865) for gallant and meritorious service at the battles of South Mountain and Antietam.

The rest of the War

He transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corp (VRC) on 15 August 1863. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 12 May 1864. By 1865 he was the Adjutant of the 21st Regiment, VRC. He mustered out of the VRC on 9 June 1867.

After the War

He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 36th US Infantry on 25 May 1867, transferred to the 7th Infantry on 19 May 1869, and was promoted to First Lieutenant on 10 May 1873. He served as the Regiment's Adjutant from 5 November 1874 to 1 October 1880. He was with Colonel Gibbon as Adjutant in the "Montana Column" in mid-1876 on the Little Big Horn Campaign. He was promoted to Captain 23 April 1889 and retired from the Army on 31 July 1894 for disability. He was the last officer to command the post at Ft. Laramie, in 1889. He had been cited by brevet in 1867 to 1st Lieutenant, USA for Antietam and to Captain for War service. In 1904 he was given the rank of Major, retired, and by 1905 was living in Pasadena, CA.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1, Heitman2, and the US Army Register (1909). His gravesite is on Findagrave. Further detail from a sketch in Abraham James Fretz's Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Leonard Headley of Elizabethtown, NJ (1905)

More on the Web

A photograph of him in the uniform of the 7th US Infantry is in the collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


01/25/1839; Brooklyn, NY


07/25/1910; Coronado, CA; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1901, Serial #30, pg. 777  [AotW citation 14646]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 264  [AotW citation 14647]