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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1827

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Napoleon B. Buford

(Ap'd Ky.)


Napoleon Bonaparte Buford: Born Jan. 13, 1807, Versailles, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1823, to July 1, 1827, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1827.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1827.

 p390  Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1827‑28; on Topographical duty, June 14, 1828, to Nov. 26, 1829; in garrison at Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1830‑31, 1832‑34; and at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Feb. 28, 1834, to Aug. 30, 1835.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1835.

Civil History. — Resident Engineer, in the service of the State of Kentucky, of Licking River Improvement, Ky., 1835‑42. Merchant and Iron Founder, Rock Island, Ill., 1843‑61. Member and Secretary of the Board of Visitors to the Military Academy, 1850. President of the Rock Island and Peoria Railroad, Ill., 1857‑61. President of the Bank of the Federal Union, at Rock Island, Ill., 1858‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65; in command of Cairo, Ill., 1861‑62, and was engaged

(Colonel, 27th Illinois Volunteers, Aug. 10, 1861)

in the Expedition to, and Battle of Belmont, Mo., Nov. 7, 1861, and Demonstration on Columbus, Ky., Feb. 23, 1862; in command of Columbus, Ky. (evacuated by the Rebels), Mar. 4‑14, 1862; in the Attack on Island No. 10, Mississippi River, Mar. 14 to Apr. 7, 1862, and after its capitulation commanded its garrison, having, during these operations, made a forced march upon, and captured by surprise, Union City, Ky., Mar. 31, 1862; on Expedition to Ft. Pillow, Ten., Apr. 10‑20, 1862; in the Mississippi Campaigns of 1862 and 1863, being engaged

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Apr. 15, 1862)

in the Siege of Corinth, Apr. 25 to May 30, 1862, — in command of Division at Jacinto, June‑Sep., 1862, — Battle of Corinth, Oct. 3‑4, 1862, — and Siege of Vicksburg, Feb., 1863; in command of Cairo, Ill., Mar.‑Sep., 1863, — and at Helena, Ark., Sep. 12, 1863, to Mar. 9, 1865;

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865, for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

and on leave of absence, Mar. 9 to Aug. 24, 1865.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Aug. 24, 1865.

Civil History. — Superintendent of the Federal Union Mining Company of Colorado, June 1 to Dec. 1, 1866. Special U. S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Feb. 7, 1867, to Sep. 1, 1867; and for Inspecting the Union Pacific Railroad, Sep. 1, 1867, to Mayº 10, 1869 (when the road was completed). President of the Philosophical Society of Chicago, Ill., 1877‑78.

Died, Mar. 28, 1883, at Chicago, Ill.: Aged 76.

Buried, Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.

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