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Thomas Burk
Born (1840-08-07)August 7, 1840
Died March 15, 1926(1926-03-15) (aged 85)
Place of birth Lewis County, New York
Place of death Lewis County, New York
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit New York Company H, 97th New York Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of the Wilderness
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant Thomas Burk (August 7, 1840 to February 15, 1926) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Burk received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of the Wilderness on 6 May 1864. He was honored with the award on 24 August 1896.[1][2][3]


Burk was born in Lewis County, New York on 7 August 1840. He enlisted into the 97th New York Infantry. He died on 15 February 1926 and his remains are interred at the Lowville Rural Cemetery in New York.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

At the risk of his own life went back while the rebels were still firing and, finding Col. Wheelock unable to move, alone and unaided, carried him off the field of battle.[1][2]

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