James M. Burns

New Market's Lone Medal of Honor Recipient

  • 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
  • Date of issue: 20 November 1896


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 field.

There is only one Medal of Honor awardee from the Battle of New Market and his medal is now permanently on display at the museum.

James M. Burns

Medal of Honor - Front

Medal of Honor - Back