John L. Burns
John L. Burns sits for a photographic portrait on July 15, 1863, his rifle and a pair of crutches propped up behind him. Nearly 70 years old, Burns was the only local civilian to fight with Union forces at the Battle of Gettysburg. The War of 1812 veteran approached the commander of the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment on July 1, the battle's first day, and reported for duty. In the fighting that followed he was wounded three times. A year later, when President Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg and delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, he asked to meet Burns, and the two men went to church services together.