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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1836

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Martin J. Burke

(Ap'd Va.)


Martin Jones Burke: Born Dec. 24, 1816, Saratoga Co., NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1832, to July 1, 1836, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1836.

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 31, 1836.

Served: in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1836‑37, being engaged in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Nov. 21, 1836; in garrison at Ft. Pike, La., 1837‑38; in the Cherokee Nation, 1838, while

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 7, 1838)

transferring the Indians to the West; on recruiting service, 1838‑39; on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Plattsburg, N. Y., 1839, — Recruiting, 1839‑40, — and Plattsburg, N. Y., 1840‑41; on Maine Frontier, at Houlton, Me., 1841‑43, pending "Disputed Territory" controversy; and garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1843‑44; on Recruiting service, 1844‑46; as Adjutant, 1st Artillery, May 11, 1846, to Mar. 3, 1847; in the War with Mexico, 1847, being engaged in

(Captain, 1st Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of La Hoya, June 20, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — and Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where, while leading the Assault upon the intrenched convent used as a citadel, he was

Killed, Aug. 20, 1847: Aged 30.

Buried, Bacon Hill Cemetery, Bacon Hill, NY.

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