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John Gregory Bourke
Born (1846-06-23)June 23, 1846
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died June 8, 1896(1896-06-08) (aged 49)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of burial
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862–1896
Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
Unit Pennsylvania 15th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry
Third U.S. Cavalry
Commands held Chief of Scouts during the Apache Wars
Battles/wars American Civil War

Great Sioux War of 1876

  • Battle of Powder River
  • Battle of Prairie Dog Creek
  • Battle of Rosebud
  • Battle of Slim Buttes

Apache Wars

Garza Revolution
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor
Other work writer

John Gregory Bourke ( June 23, 1846 – June 8, 1896) was a captain in the United States Army and a prolific diarist and postbellum author; he wrote several books about the American Old West, including ethnologies of its indigenous peoples. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while a cavalryman in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Based on his service during the war, his commander nominated him to West Point, where he graduated in 1869, leading to service as an Army officer until his death.

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