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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1844

Vol. II

(Born Ky.)

Simon Bolivarº Buckner

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Apr. 1, 1823, Hart County, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1840, to July 1, 1844, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1844.

Served: in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1844‑45; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 28, 1845, to May 19, 1846; in conducting recruits to Texas,

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, May 9, 1846)

1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged on the March through Coahuila, 1846, — in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Amazoque, May 14, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, where he was wounded, — Battle of Molino

(Bvt. First Lieut., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.: Declined)

(Bvt. First Lieut, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Churubusco, Mex.)

 p199  del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, —

(Bvt. Capt., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct at the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847, — and as Quartermaster 6th Infantry, Aug. 8 to Dec. 17, 1847; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Aug. 26, 1848, to Jan. 18, 1850; on Recruiting service at Ft. Columbus Depot, N. Y., 1850, — and at Ft. Wood, N. Y., 1850; on frontier duty at Ft. Snelling,

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Dec. 31, 1851)

Min., 1850‑51, — Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1851‑52, — and escorting Lieut. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Woodruff's Topographical party, 1852; and on Commissary duty at New

(Captain, Staff — Com. of Subsistence, Nov. 3, 1852)

York city, 1852‑55.

Resigned, Mar. 26, 1855.

Civil History. — Superintending construction of Custom House and repairs of Marine Hospital, Chicago, Ill., Mar. 29 to Nov. 1, 1855. Major, Illinois Militia, 1855‑57, — Col., Staff (Adjutant-General of the State of Illinois), March 15 to Oct. 14, 1857, — Colonel, May, 1858, 1st Illinois Volunteers, for service in Utah (not mustered into service), — Captain, Kentucky Militia, 1858‑60, — and Inspector-General of the State of Kentucky, commanding Home Guards, 1860‑61. Farmer, near Louisville, Ky., 1860‑61.

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

Civil History.Governor of the State of Kentucky, since Sep., 1887.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Governor of Kentucky, 1887‑91. Candidate for Vice-President of the United States of the National (gold) Democrats, 1896. — Residence, Louisville, Ky.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Residence, Glen Lily, Hart Co., Ky., engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born April 1, 1823.)

Military History. —

Captain, Commissary of Subsistence, Nov. 3, 1852,

Resigned, March 26, 1855.

Died, Jan. 8, 1914, at Munfordville, Ky.: Aged 91.

Buried, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1914.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. A fair summary of it is given on the Find-a‑Grave page linked above; he is best known for having surrendered Fort Donelson.

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