Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835, Hudson, N.Y. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: On board the U.S.S.
Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats
and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Although severely
wounded and sent below under the surgeon's charge, Burns promptly returned
to his station and assisted the powder division throughout the prolonged
action which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and in
the damaging and destruction of Fort Morgan.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)