|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1840|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 1862|
Born in Illinois per the 1850 Federal Census, Illinois, McLean Co., Stouts Grove; enlisted Sep 1861 Co I 12 Reg. Ia. Inf Vol. (Confederate Army); killed 5 months later in the Civil War Battle at Fort Donelson, near Dover, Tennesee. Buckner Cemetery was renamed in memory of Edward C. Buckner, the first Civil War soldier from Hardin Co., Iowa, killed in the Civil War.
List of Skirmishes and Engagements of the 12th Iowa Infantry Company A During the Civil War
By Frances C. Cromwell
"Went to St. Louis about November 1st, 1861. The regiment had a hard attack of measles, and we lost nearly one fourth of the regiment by death and discharge before we left there about January 25, 1862. By railroad to Cairo, Illinois about February 1, 1862 and took steamer for Smithfield, Kentucky. February 5, 1862, took steamer for Fort Henry, Tennessee, then for the first time we realized that we were really going to war. I'll never forget Lieutenant D.B. Henderson coming up to the hurricane deck with his Glee Club and telling the boys "Let's sing and be merry for no one knows how many of us will be alive tomorrow night." We landed about 2 o'clock the morning of the 6th of February 1862 about 6 miles below Fort Henry and started to march around to the rear of it. The roads and swamps were very bad, and we were delayed so long in getting around to the rear of the fort that their infantry left before we could bet in their rear. The gunboats ran up and soon silenced their batteries and captured batteries and men before we could get there; so ended the battle of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River.
While we did not accomplish much in the work, we became familiar with the sound of cannon, something very essential to new soldiers. We remained at Fort Henry until the 19th day February, when we started to march across country to Fort Donalson on the Cumberland River, about 15 miles. We started early in the morning with knapsacks, blankets, overcoats and all the keepsakes loving friends had given us when we left home. With our guns, bayonets and 80 rounds of cartridges in our boxes, making a load of 100 lbs. We had not marched very far before we discovered that we had excess baggage that we would be compelled to dispose of. Well, it was very hard to tell what we could part with first but things had to go, first one keepsake after another until our burden was reduced to about half what it had been.
We arrived within about one and a half miles of Fort Donaldson about sun down, very tired, the first and last march we ever made carrying knapsacks.
The morning of the 15th of February 1862 dawned a bright and sunny day. Revelle sounded early and by the time the sun began to peep over the hill we had breakfast and were in line ready to march. We started towards the fort, and could hear the Boom! Boom! Of the cannon distinctly. We marched up within half a mile of the fort, under the brow of the hill and forced our line out of sight of the fort. Our company and Company C were sent forward as skirmishers. We advanced about 40 rods to the top of the hill when we came in full view of the Fort with it's long row of rifle pits and about every 60 rods as far as the eye could see a battery of cannon in position ready to open upon us whenever we should dare to approach them; while between them and us was a ravine that had been very heavily timbered. They had felled the timber, making it impossible for us to get to them. When we marched to the top of the hill all new soldiers, we must be brave and show no cowardice by getting behind trees or stumps but as soon as we came in sight of them they gave us a volley. Their first volley killed Ed Buckner of Eldora and wounded several others among them D.B. Henderson."
(Exerpt provided by sblake2150 on Ancestry.com on 9/3/2011)
Henry Buckner (1799 - 1872)
Nancy McClure Buckner (1805 - 1893)
James Madison Buckner (1825 - ____)*
William T. Buckner (1833 - 1904)*
Martha Buckner Kilgore (1838 - 1922)*
Edward C. Buckner (1840 - 1862)
Rachel Sue Buckner Litts (1843 - 1914)*
Mary Margaret Buckner Shelton (1845 - 1929)*
Levi Langsen Buckner (1849 - 1921)*
Elizabeth J Buckner Kilgore (1855 - 1928)*
"Son of H. & N. Buckner" "first man from Hardin Co. killed in the Civil War. This cemetery renamed in his HONOR."
Note: Top of pillar is gone.
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Record added: Feb 23, 2009
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