NEW YORK GETTYSBURG VETERAN'S MEDAL ID’D TO A PRIVATE IN THE 147TH NEW YORK

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Item Code: 172-5321

Top bar reads “GETTYSBURG VETERAN” with an arch above it that reads “JULY 1-2-3” with the year “1863” between the arch and the bar. Reverse of the bar has an operating pin.

Suspended from the bar is a red, white & blue ribbon approx. 3.25 inches long x 1.50 inches wide with a swallowtail bottom. Also suspended by the top bar, but in front of the ribbon, is a disc with the Coat of Arms of the state of New York at center. Around the edges is “DEDICATION OF STATE MONUMENT AT GETTYSBURG JULY 1, 2, 3, 1893-NEW YORK DAY.” The reverse has the New York monument from the Gettysburg National Cemetery at center surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked by the dates “1863-1893.” Engraved on the edge of the medal is “A. N. BURR 147TH N.Y.”

Medal is mounted on a piece of cardboard with a square of gauze between the ribbon and the cardboard surface. The item comes in a small display or “Riker” box.

Aaron Nash Burr was born in Ellisburg, New York on December 22, 1838. He was 24 years old when he enlisted in Company C, 147th New York Infantry at Richland, N. Y. on August 21, 1862. At the time he was described as being 5’ 7” tall with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion. By profession he was farmer.

The 147th served in the 1st and then the 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac through all the battles of that army from Chancellorsville to Appomattox.

At Gettysburg on the first day of the battle the 147th was caught in an exposed forward position just north of the famous railroad cut and suffered heavily before retreating back to join the rest of their brigade.

Shortly after Gettysburg on August 3, 1863 Private Burr became ill. Records are not clear as to how long he stayed in the hospital but it is known that he was discharged for disability on May 12, 1865.

After the war Burr served for a time as secretary of the 147th New York Veterans Association and was an active member of the J. B. Butler Post 111 of the GAR.

Mr. Burr died in Pulaski, New York on February 1, 1927 and is buried there in South Richland Cemetery. He never married.

Quick research failed to find a family connection to the famous Aaron Burr who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Perhaps more extended digging will.  [ad]

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