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John Patrick Buckley
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1847, Ireland
Death: Nov. 12, 1917
Morton County
North Dakota, USA

John Patrick Buckley of Fort Rice, N.D. was a veteran of the Union Army during the Civil War.

He was born in Ireland, and came to the United States as a youth. The family was so poor, he was indentured as a farm hand. The person he was enslaved to was so mean, he ran away. Later at the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Fourteenth Iowa Volunteers, being assigned to Company A. Later, he was assigned to Company G. He saw duty in the Shreveport, La. and Memphis, Tenn., areas of the southern states. After the Civil War ended, he saw duty in Nebraska, then in Dakota Territory at the newly formed Fort Rice. He may also have served at Fort's Sully and Randall.

Following his discharge at Davenport, Ia., in 1865, he and a couple of soldier buddies set up a wood yard at the mouth of Fort Rice Creek, where it empties into the Missouri River, south of the fort. They cut and racked firewood for
the steamboats which were transporting troops and supplies to upper regions of the Missouri River during the Red Cloud War.

After hostilities ceased, and Indians were assigned to reservations, Buckley made his home on a claim along the creek, just south of Fort Rice. The homestead is now under water. He, along with his wife, Monica and sons, John,
Jim and Joe are buried in the cemetery at the southwest corner of the fort.

In 1878, John Buckley married Monica Good Road Woman (Cunkanwastewea) with Father Jerome, a Catholic priest, performing the ceremony. Monica was born March 10, 1848, along the Grand River. Monica, her mother, a Sante and a sister were captives of the Mandan Indians. Buckley purchased Monica from the Mandans.

Patrick Buckley became highly proficient with the native Dakota language, and often served as an interpreter for the Indians in their dealings with the U.S. Government, and other non- Indians. He was highly respected by the Indians. They had seven children.

Bio information from the Selfridge Diamond Anniversary Book.

Family links: 
  Monica Good Road Woman Buckley (1845 - 1930)
  John Jay Buckley (1880 - 1955)*
  Joseph B Buckley (1887 - 1939)*
  Harriet Buckley Byington (1890 - 1951)*
  James F Buckley (1892 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
Civil War veteran
Co. A
14th Iowa Inf

Note: There is a large Buckley family stone hidden in the lilacs
Fort Rice Cemetery
Fort Rice
Morton County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Brian Backes
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81786569
John Patrick Buckley
Added by: Brian Backes
John Patrick Buckley
Added by: Brian Backes
John Patrick Buckley
Added by: Brian Backes
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