Daniel Webster Burke – Brigadier General, United States Army

Born at New Haven, Connecticut, on April 22, 1841, he served as Private, Corporal and First Sergeant in Companies E and B, 2nd United States Infantry, June 10, 1858-November 8, 1862; he advanced through the grades to Brigadier General, October 20, 1899; retired at his own request after 40 years of service, October 31, 1899.

Breveted Captain, July 2, 1863, and Major, January 22, 1867, “for gallant and meritorious services in the Battle of Gettysburg,” and Lieutenant Colonel for same during the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 21, 1892 for “distinguished gallantry in action at Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

After retirement he lived in Portland, Oregon.

He died on May 29, 1911 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Sarah J. Burke (October 9, 1842-August 30, 1915) lies buried with him.


Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company B, 2d U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Shepherdstown Ford, Virginia, 20 September 1862. Entered service at: Connecticut. Birth: New Haven, Connecticut. Date of issue 21 April 1892.

Citation: Voluntarily attempted to spike a gun in the face of the enemy.


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