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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

Abraham Buford

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Jan. 18, 1820, Woodford County, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1841.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1841‑42, Ft. Gibson,

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Apr. 12, 1842)

I. T., 1842, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1842‑43, — Scouting on the Plains, 1843, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1843, 1844‑45, — Ft. Washita, I. T., 1845, — March to Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1845‑46, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Battle of

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Dec. 6, 1846)

 p109  Buena Vista, Feb. 22‑23, 1847; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T.,

(Bvt. Capt., Feb. 23, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Buena Vista, Mex.)

1848, — March to Santa Fé, N. M., 1848, — Socorro, N. M., 1848‑49, — Doña Ana, N. M., 1850‑51, — and Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1851‑52, being engaged in a Skirmish on Puerco River, N. M., Aug. 26, 1851; at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1852‑53; at the Harrodsburg

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, July 15, 1854)

Branch Military Asylum, Ky., 1853‑54.

Resigned, Oct. 22, 1854.

Civil History. — Farmer, near Versailles, Woodford County, Ky., 1854‑61. President of the Richmond and Danville Railroad, Va., 18––– to 18–––.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Farmer, Versailles, Ky., 1866‑84. Member of the Legislature of the State of Kentucky, 1879.

Died, June 9, 1884, at Danville, Ill.:​b Aged 64.

Buried, Washington Street Cemetery, Lexington, KY.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he joined the Confederate army as a Brigadier-General and fought in Kentucky and in the Mississippi campaign. A more extended summary of his career during the war could once be found at a "Buford Families" site; with the continued shrinkage of the Web, the entire site has gone belly‑up.

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b Cullum has him die in Danville, IL; other print sources put his death in Danville, IN.

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