of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
BURNS, JOHN M.
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835, Hudson, N.Y. Accredited
To: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
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.
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