of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, England. Accredited
To: New York. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Served on board the U.S.S. Wabash in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Advancing gallantly through the severe enemy fire while armed only with a revolver and
cutlass which made it impossible to return the fire at that range, Burton succeeded in
reaching the angle of the fort and going on, to be one of the few who entered the fort.
When the rest of the body of men to his rear were forced to retreat under a devastating
fire, he was forced to withdraw through lack of support, and to seek the shelter of one of
the mounds near the stockade from which point he succeeded in regaining the safety of his
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