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John G. Bourke

Awarded the Medal of Honor

Born: June 23, 1843, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: June 8, 1896 (age 52), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Gregory Bourke was a captain in the United States Army and a prolific diarist and author focusing on the Old West. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions while a cavalryman in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

What do you know about John Gregory Bourke? Charge forward with this quick quiz.

1. At sixteen he ran away and lied about his age. Swearing that he was nineteen, he enlisted and served until July 1865. What regiment did he enlist in?

  • Fifteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry
  • Twenty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry
  • Third Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry

2. What battle did he receive his Medal of Honor for?

  • Battle of Stone River, Tennessee
  • Battle of Smoke Mountain, Kentucky
  • Battle of Harbor Town, Tennessee

3. When was the award issued?

  • November 16, 1863
  • November 16, 1869
  • November 16, 1887

4. What was his rank for his "Gallantry in Action"?

  • Private
  • Corporal
  • Lieutenant

5. His commander, Major General George H. Thomas, nominated Bourke for West Point. He was appointed cadet in the United States Military Academy. When did he graduate from West Point?

  • June 15, 1865
  • June 15, 1867
  • June 15, 1869

6. After graduating from West Point, what unit was he assigned to?

  • Third Infantry
  • Third Cavalry
  • Army Corps of Engineers

7. From 1870 to 1886, what Army general was Bourke an aide to?

  • Nelson Miles
  • George Crook
  • John S. Mosby

8. Bourke married Mary F. Horbach of Omaha, Nebraska, on July 25, 1883. The couple later had three daughters. What year did they get married?

  • 1870
  • 1877
  • 1883

9. Bourke died in the in Philadelphia on June 8, 1896

  • Polyclinic Hospital
  • University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital

10. Where is John G. Bourke buried?

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Holy Trinity Church Cemetery, Swoyersville, Pennsylvania

Answers

  • 1. Fifteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry
  • 2. Battle of Stone River, Tennessee
  • 3. November 16, 1887
  • 4. Private
  • 5. June 15, 1869
  • 6. Third Cavalry
  • 7. George Crook
  • 8. 1883
  • 9. Polyclinic Hospital
  • Angels on your pillow10. Arlington National Cemetery

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