Private George Burns of the 6th Maine never had a headstone to mark his grave in Montville’s Mount Repose Cemetery, just a wood plaque made by a local GAR Post. Last year, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Depart of Maine set out to properly honor PVT Burns. They applied for and received a headstone through the Veteran’s Administration in late 2018.
PVT Burns was born in St John New Brunswick, Canada in 1837 and was a resident of Searsmont, Maine when he enlisted on 26 Jan 1862. He mustered in Augusta with the 6th Maine Battery 1 Feb 1862. On 1 Feb 1864, he re-enlisted at Brandy Station VA; and mustered out on 17 Jun 1865. He served throughout the war with the 6th Maine Battery as a Private.
PVT Burns died 22 Aug 1912 in Montville, and is buried in Mt. Repose Cemetery on Route 3 in Montville.
Civil War veteran finally receives a headstone
Story by Fran Gonzalez
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