George Ritter Burnett
George Ritter Burnett
|Born||April 23, 1858|
Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania
|Died||November 1, 1908 (aged 50)|
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
Iowa National Guard
Missouri National Guard
|Years of service||1880–1891 (Army)|
1892–1908 (National Guard)
|Rank||First Lieutenant (Army)|
Colonel (National Guard)
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Life and career
Burnett graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1880. On August 16, 1881, he was serving as a second lieutenant with the 9th Cavalry Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers. On that day, Burnett participated in the Battle of Cuchillo Negro Creek in the Black Range Mountains near Cuchillo Negro Creek of New Mexico, where he was cited for helping rescue stranded soldiers under heavy fire. One of his privates, Augustus Walley, and a first sergeant, Moses Williams also received the Medal of Honor for actions in this battle. He retired due to injuries in February 1891. He subsequently served as a colonel in the Iowa National Guard from 1892 until 1905, and in the Missouri National Guard from 1905 until 1908.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization. Second Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., August 16, 1881. Entered service at: Spring Mills, Pa. Birth. Lower Providence Township Pa. Date of issue: July 23, 1897.
Saved the life of a dismounted soldier, who was in imminent danger of being cut off, by alone galloping quickly to his assistance under heavy fire and escorting him to a place of safety, his horse being twice shot in this action.
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars
- List of United States Military Academy alumni (Medal of Honor)
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "Medal of Honor recipients Indian Wars Period". Army Center of Military History. Retrieved April 12, 2009.
- "Special Collections: Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy". United States Military Academy Library. 1950. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009.