Ambrose Burnside (War Hero) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Ambrose Burnside

Ambrose Everett Burnside was an American soldier, railroad-executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician from Rhode Island. He served as the Governor of Rhode Island from 1866 to 1869, and as a United States Senator for Rhode Island from 1875 until his death. As a Union Army general in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, he conducted successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee, as well as countering the raids of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, but suffered disastrous defeats at the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of the Crater. His distinctive style of facial hair became known as sideburns, derived from his last name. In 1871, he became the first president of the National Rifle Association, holding the office until 1872.

Born: Ambrose Everett Burnside, May 23, 1824, Liberty, Indiana
Died: September 13, 1881, Bristol, Rhode Island
Cause of death: Angina
Political party: Democratic
Education: United States Military Academy
Profession: Soldier, inventor, industrialist
Preceded by: William Sprague IV
Succeeded by: Nelson W. Aldrich

About Ambrose Burnside

Union Army soldier who fought in the Civil War and was defeated in the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Before Fame

He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.


He was portrayed by actor Alex Hyde-White in the film Gods and Generals.

Family Life

He had eight siblings.


He fought against Confederate general Robert E. Lee in the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Information related to Ambrose Burnside

  • Presidents of the National Rifle Association
  • Grand Army of the Republic Commanders-in-Chief
  • People of Rhode Island in the American Civil War
  • Governors of Rhode Island
  • Burials at Swan Point Cemetery
  • Rhode Island Republicans
  • People of Indiana in the American Civil War
  • American militia generals

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