CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
Photo by David Aeberli.
JAMES M. BURNS.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 1st West Virginia Infantry.
Place and date: At New Market, Va., 15 May 1864.
Entered service at: Jefferson County, Ohio.
Birth: Jefferson County, Ohio.
Date of issue: 20 November 1896.
Citation: Under a heavy fire of musketry, rallied a few men to the support of the colors, in danger of capture and bore them to a place of safety. One of his comrades having been severely wounded in the effort, Sgt. Burns went back a hundred yards in the face of the enemy's fire and carried the wounded man from the..? (This was incomplete)