John L. Burns
Signed Carte-de-visite

Double-sided plexiglass framing allows view of both sides of the carte-de-visite, which is boldly signed "John L. Burns Gettysburg". The back stamp is by E. & H.T. Anthony, New York [City], after a photonegative by Brady. The image shows a rustic Burns wearing coat, top hat, and cradling a rifle musket.

70 year old Gettysburg civilian John Burns picked up his flintlock musket and headed to the scene of the battle.

On July 1, 1863, John Burns left the shelter of his Gettysburg home and joined in the fighting west of town. Wounded and captured, Burns survived the battle to become a national celebrity. In the months that followed, he was visited by reporters and photographers; he received the personal thanks of Abraham Lincoln, and Congress passed a special act granting him a pension. As his tale spread across the land, some of its details became distorted, and today much of what happened is shrouded in myth and legend.

John Burns was a veteran of the War of 1812 and was a former Constable of Gettysburg.
See the John Burns monument on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Conservation framed with photo and brass biographical plaque.

Autograph: John L. Burns
Document Type: Signed Cartes-de-visite (CDV)
Framed Dimensions: 24"w x 21 1/2"h
Price: SOLD

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