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Daniel W. Burke
Born (1841-04-22)April 22, 1841
Died May 29, 1911(1911-05-29) (aged 70)
Place of birth New Haven, Connecticut
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank First Sergeant
Unit 20px Company B, 2nd U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Shepherdstown
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

First Sergeant Daniel Webster Burke (April 22, 1841 to May 29, 1911) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Burke received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Shepherdstown in Virginia on 20 September 1862. He was honored with the award on 21 April 1892.[1][2]


Burke was born in New Haven, Connecticut on 22 April 1841. He enlisted into the 2nd U.S. Infantry in Connecticut. On 20 September 1862 Burke's unit had retreated across the Potomac during the Battle of Shepherdstown. Upon learning that a piece of artillery remained unspiked and accessible to the enemy, Burke returned in order to spike the gun. Although prevented from successfully completing this task due to heavy fire, Burke was awarded the Medal of Honor for this display of bravery.[1][3]

Burke was subsequently promoted to second lieutenant in July 1862 and then 1st lieutenant a year later. At the time of his retirement from the army on 21 October 1899 he was a brigadier general.[4]

He died on 29 May 1911 and his remains are interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Voluntarily attempted to spike a gun in the face of the enemy.[1][2]

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