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William Wallace Burritt

Date of birth: 1831
Burial location: Leavenworth, Kansas
Place of Birth: New York, Campbell
Home of record: Chicago Illinois


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private William Wallace Burritt, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 27 April 1863, while serving with Company G, 113th Illinois Infantry, in action at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Private Burritt voluntarily acted as a fireman on a steam tug which ran the blockade and passed the batteries under a heavy fire.

General Orders: Date of Issue: July 8, 1896

Action Date: April 27, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company G

Division: 113th Illinois Infantry