John L. Burns
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
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
||John L. Burns
||Signed Cartes-de-visite (CDV)
||24"w x 21 1/2"h
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