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BURNS, William Wallace, soldier, born in Coshocton, Ohio, 3 September, 1825. From 1843 till 1847 he was a cadet at the United States military academy. Joining the 3(1 infantry after graduation, he served through the war with Mexico, and, after ten years of frontier, garrison, and recruiting service, received a staff appointment as captain and commissary of subsistence. His experience in the supply department led to his appointment for similar important duties during the civil war. He served in the Army of the Potomac, and was wounded in the action at Savage's station, 29 June, 1862. He was in the field with the Army of the Potomac to and including the battle of Fredericksburg, December, 1862, and was then appointed chief commissary of the department of the northwest. During the closing years of the civil war he was in charge of the commissary departments successively of the Carolinas, of Georgia, and of Florida, and lastly of the whole department of the south. Since the war he has been on duty at Washington.
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