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Confederate (CSV)


John Burns

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Corporal, Company D (later C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 March 1861 in Pineville. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant about September 1861 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 27 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was on furlough home into October 1862. He was sick in hospitals in May 1863 but in action at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863. By January 1864, though still Lieutenant, he was in command of Company H. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his left leg at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 19 May 1864 and was furloughed in June to Mobile, AL. He returned to duty in September but was then sick in a Lynchburg, VA hospital to the end of the year. He was on leave in February 1865, the last record in his military file.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. His wounding on South Mountain from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Some service details from Alfred C. Young's The Complete Roster and Service Records of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the Overland Campaign (2019).


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=25729, etc.  [AotW citation 25607]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27978]