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John Buford, Jr
Birth: Mar. 4, 1826
Versailles
Woodford County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1863
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Civil War Union Major General. One of the Civil War's best known cavalry commanders. He performed detailed reconnaissance during the 2nd Bull Run Campaign, where his information was ignored by superiors. Had it been heeded, the Union disaster may have been avoided. Commanded the Army of the Potomac's Reserve Cavalry division in the Chancellorsville campaign. Performed his greatest, and most well-known, feat in the opening of the Battle of Gettysburg on July I, 1863. His 2 brigades of Cavalry, fighting mostly dismounted, held off attacks by Confederate forces around the town, and allowed oncoming Union troops to take control of the high grounds south if Gettysburg. These strong defensible positions contributed largely to the Federal victory. Tragically, his months of hard fighting broke his health, and he died before the year was over. His commission of Major General was given to him just before he died. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 26, Row A, Grave 6
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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John Buford, Jr
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John Buford, Jr
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
John Buford, Jr
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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Remembering you today, sir! I still picture you in the cupula at Gettysburg Seminary....I thank you for your bravery forever! Rest well, sir!
- jane krasulak
 Added: Jul. 1, 2014
It was your decision that allowed the Union Army to take the high ground at Gettysburg...the Union will be forever grateful...God bless you Sir......
- R. Roncaglio
 Added: May. 18, 2014
to my dear cousin John, you were a true hero! What a shame we couldn't have met.
- Mary
 Added: Apr. 3, 2014
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