Burnside, Ambrose Everett
1824 - Burnside was born in Liberty, Indiana on the 23rd of May.
1843 - His interest in military affairs and his father's political connections obtained an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy.
1847 - He graduated, ranking 18th in a class of 38, and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery.
- Lt. Burnside served two years on the western frontier, serving under Captain Braxton Bragg in the 3rd U.S. Artillery, a light artillery unit that had been converted to cavalry duty, protecting the Western mail routes through Nevada to California.
1849 - He was wounded by an arrow in his neck during a skirmish against Apaches in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
1852 - He was appointed to the command of Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island, and, while there, he married Mary Richmond Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, on April 27.
1853 - Burnside resigned his commission in the U.S. Army, although maintaining a position in the state militia, and devoted his time and energy to the manufacture of the famous rifle that bears his name, the Burnside carbine.
1866 - He served governor of Rhode Island.
1871 - He was the 1st president of National Rifle Association (NRA).
1875 - He was Senator from Rhode Island.
1877 - He became chairman of Senate Education and Labor Committee.
- He was chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
1881 - He died on the 31st of September.
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