Major General John Buford Memorial - Rock Island IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
N 41° 30.597 W 090° 34.758
15T E 702014 N 4598198
Quick Description: Major General John Buford Memorial in Rock Island IL
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 4/11/2016 4:25:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMQXQZ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
Major General John Buford Memorial and all those who served their country in the great rebellion 1861 -1865.



John Buford, Jr. (March 4, 1826 – December 16, 1863) was a Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War. A West Point regular, born in the divided border state of Kentucky, he had many Southern connections, but opted to stay in the Union Army. His first command was a cavalry brigade under Maj. Gen. John Pope, and he distinguished himself at Second Bull Run, where he was wounded, and also saw action at Antietam and Chancellorsville.

Arriving at the small town of Gettysburg before the Confederate army was concentrated for battle, Buford was quick to recognize the importance of the high ground south of the town, and conducted delaying actions against superior infantry attacks until Union infantry units arrived to take up the fight and establish defensive positions on that ground. Later Buford rendered valuable service to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, both in the pursuit of Robert E. Lee, and in the Bristoe Campaign, but his health started to fail, possibly from typhoid. On his deathbed, he received a personal message from Pres. Abraham Lincoln, promoting him major general in recognition of his tactical skill and leadership on the first day of Gettysburg. Wikipedia
Union or Confederacy: Union - North

General's Name: John Buford

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