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John Buford, Jr
Birth: Mar. 4, 1826
Woodford County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1863
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) 
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  James Duke Buford (1855 - 1874)*
  Pattie McDowell Duke Buford (1857 - 1863)*
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United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 26, Row A, Grave 6
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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 Added: May. 28, 2017

- Bryan
 Added: May. 16, 2017
John Buford---Civil War General who got out in front on July 1, 1863 and allowed the Union to take the high ground at Gettysburg. Thank you for your service. You will not be in peace.
- Karen M
 Added: May. 7, 2017
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