COL David Hillhouse Buel


COL David Hillhouse Buel

Marshall, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Death 22 Jul 1870 (aged 30)
Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section A, site 258
Memorial ID 76165726 View Source

Colonel David H Buel

In a dispatch from St Louis, dated last evening, it is stated that Colonel D H Buel, Commandant of the Arsenal at Fort Leavenworth, had been assassinated, on Friday night, while returning from a party at the house of General Sturgis.

David Hillhouse Buel was a son of Reverend Dr Samuel Buel, Professor of Divinity at the Episcopal Theological Seminary at Faribault, Minnesota, and a grandson of the late Judge David Buel, of Troy.  He was born in Marshal, Michigan, in 1839, and graduated West Point, in the class of 1861.  He was in the first battle of Bull Run, serving in the Cavalry, and was soon afterward transferred to the ordnance branch of the service.  As Chief of Ordnance on the staff of General McPherson, he was with him up to the time he [McPherson] was killed in Georgia, and was taken prisoner at that time, when he [David] was sent to Macon and subsequently exchanged.  He was afterward with General Sherman in his march to the sea.  Since the war, and until last September, he was commandant of the Arsenal at Augusta, Maine, from which post he was transferred to the Arsenal at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was married, in 1862, to a daughter of Surgeon McDougal, United States Army. His widow and two children survive him.

As an officer, Colonel Buel was distinguished for his bravery, ranking high in his class. During the war he sustained himself with great credit, and filled the highest positions with ability. As a man he was marked for his upright, dignified bearing, and was deservedly popular with his fellow-officers. His rank was a full Major in the Ordnance Corps, and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel.
The New York Times
24 July 1870
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1860> New York> Orange> West Point Academy
David H Buel, 20y b.NY, Student
residence: Cadet Barracks

?Same man?
Colonel David Buel, prominent in the development of mines at Austin and Eureka, was the head of the Belmont Mining Company, which owned the Buel, Gilleland, Transylvania, and El Dorado mines. He had sold the properties in April 1867, to J W Gashwiler, M J McDonald, and S M Buck, who formed the company and retained Buel as superintendent and president.
[excerpt from an article found at:]

Amories and Arsenal: Kennebec Arsenal
State: Maine
Post Office: Augusta
Commanding officers: Capt and Bvt Lieut Colonel David H Buel

Headquarters Fort Leavenworth, Kan, February 23, 1870.
Transcript of a trial in which Bvt Lieut-Col David H Buel, Capt Ordnance Department was on the panel to hear a Court Martial for George A Armes, Capt Tenth Cav, Bvt Maj.
excerpt: "As soon as it became known that General Schofield had ordered a court for my trial my friends began calling to inform me of it, among them Gen George A Custer, with whom I had served a portion of the time during the war of the rebellion, who looked upon such trumped-up charges as an outrage, and immediately took my part."
page 27 of 62

Civil War Era Collection
Notes [on the picture] in ink and pencil:
"David H Buel, NY, 1st Cavalry
Transferred to Ordnance Nov'r 1861
Watervlier Arsenal Nov'r 1861
Promoted 1st Lieut Apr 1863
Promoted Captain 1864
Chf Ord Dept Tennessee 1864
Capt and Bvt Lt Col Comdg
Kennebec Arsenal"
Note in pencil [bottom right]:
"Asasinated [assasinated] at Leavenworth Arsl 1871"

Date of death from:

1870> Kansas> Leavenworth
D H BUELL, 30y b.?MI, occ: Brevet Col USA
Josephine W, 26y b.IN
David H, 8y b.NY
Josephine E, 4y b.?
plus two domestic servants
residence: Ft Leavenworth



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