b. 09/08/1845 Wells Township, Ohio. d. 30/10/1910 Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/05/1864 New Market, Virginia.
Following the war, Burns was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served in the Indian Wars and the Spanish–American War, until retiring due to disability in 1899.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant James Madison Burns, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 May 1864, while serving with Company B, 1st West Virginia Infantry, in action at New Market, Virginia. Under a heavy fire of musketry, Sergeant Burns rallied a few men to the support of the colors, in danger of capture and bore them to a place of safety. One of his comrades having been severely wounded in the effort, Sergeant Burns went back a hundred yards in the face of the enemy's fire and carried the wounded man from the field.
BURIAL LOCATION: LEBANON CEMETERY, LEBANON, OHIO.
Old Section, Plot 117.