Mustered into service as a Private on July 29th, 1861
Born 04 August 1841
Died 30 November 1930
Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne Co. Nebraska
Private Cunningham served his full three years with the regiment and was promoted two times during his service holding the rank of Sergeant when he mustered out in July of 1864. At the Battle of Antietam on September 17th, 1862 Burlington risked his life saving the flag from being taken by the eneny and was made the Color bearer from that time on. He was wounded twice at the Battle of Gettysburg while he was carring the National Flag.
He filed for a pension in 1879.
All photos courtesy of Jim Cunningham
Great Grandson of Burlington Cunningham.
Sergeant Cunningham with William Bingaman of the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
Burlington is holding two cains indicating the photo was taken after the Battle of Gettrysburg. The two cains can be seen by clicking :