Shared Photo: John L. Burns from etching

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I wanted to share my portrait painting of John Burns (1793-1872) with the community. He is known as the "Old Hero of Gettysburg", when at age 69, picked up his rifle and went to fight with the Union Army during the battle.  Wounded in the arm, leg, and chest, he crawled away from his rifle and buried his ammunition before the Confederates could overtake his position. As a non-uniformed combatant, he was subject to summary execution on the battlefield if caught, but he convinced the Confederate Army that he was a straggler caught up in the fight.  They tended to his wounds and released him.  After that he became a national celebrity for his heroic actions.


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WikiTree profile: John Burns
in Photos by Todd Kruse G2G Crew (450 points)

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Thank you for sharing, Todd. Did you also do the original etching? That information would be great if added to the photo details.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (853k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Hi Virginia, no I found an early etching of John Burns and used that as reference.  Let me see if I can add that into the details
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Thank you for sharing an amazing piece of work yes

by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (330k points)

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