General Abraham Buford
Cousin Abraham plays an important role in my new Buford Families
book. He is the Grandson of my gggGrandfather Abraham's brother Simeon Buford. As I have mentioned before, Abraham and Simeon were two of the six brothers who fought for America's freedom during the Revolutionary War.  His father was William and he grew up on the "Tree Hill" stud farm in Woodford County, Kentucky. If you have the book begin on page 543.  His story, like many others in my book, reads like a book of fiction; one that is hard to put aside.  However, his is a true and documented story, one of great happiness and even greater sorrow.  It was his brother Thomas who shot and killed the Appeals Court Judge on the steps of the Ladies entrance to a hotel in Frankfort, Kentucky.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Abraham   Buford
Highest Rank: Brig-Gen
Birth Date: 1820
Birth Place: Woodford, Kentucky
Biography:


Brigadier-General Abram
Buford was born in Kentucky in 1820.
He entered the United States military academy in 1837, and at
graduation in 1841 was promoted in the army to brevet second-
lieutenant of the First dragoons.

He served on the frontier and in the Mexican war, having
reached by that time the grade of first lieutenant. He was
brevetted at Buena Vista for gallant and meritorious conduct,
was ordered again on frontier duty and was in the Santa Fe
expedition of 1848.

On October 22, 1854, he resigned, having then the rank of
captain in the First dragoons. He became a farmer near
Versailles, Woodford county, Ky., being also at one time
president of the Richmond & Danville railroad.

When it became evident that war between the North and South
could not be averted, Captain
Buford without hesitation cast
his lot with the South. During the occupation of Kentucky by
Bragg and Kirby Smith in 1862, a cavalry brigade was organized
in the State, of which
Buford was put in command with a
commission as brigadier-general, dated 3rd of September, 1862.

He retired from Kentucky with the cavalry command of General
Wheeler and formed part of the latter's force at Murfreesboro.
In the latter campaign
Buford's brigade was composed of the
regiments of Colonels Smith, Grigsby and Butler, in all about
650 men, and was actively engaged in the cavalry fighting,
including the La Vergne raid.

Soon afterward he was ordered to report to General Pemberton
at Jackson, Miss., and by the latter was assigned to Port
Hudson, La. In April he was ordered to Jackson with two
regiments, and this was the nucleus of the brigade under his
command, Loring's division, which took part in the battle of
Baker's Creek, Johnston's operations against Grant, and the
defense of Jackson.

Included in this brigade were the Seventh Kentucky, Colonel
Crossland, and part of the Third, Maj. J. H. Bowman. The
Eighth Kentucky, mounted, was detached.
Buford's command took
a prominent part at Baker's Creek, and he was commended for
his leadership.

Remaining with the army under Johnston and later Polk, his
brigade in the early part of 1864 included five Alabama
regiments, the Third, Seventh and Eighth Kentucky, and Twelfth
Louisiana. But he soon returned to the cavalry service with
his three Kentucky infantry regiments, mounted, and was given
command of a division of Forrest's command, including the
three Kentucky regiments already named, Colonel Faulkner's
Twelfth and Forrest's Alabama regiment, forming one brigade
under Col. A. P. Thompson, and the Tennessee brigade of Col.
T. H. Bell.

With this command
Buford took part in Forrest's spring
campaign in West Tennessee, including the capture of Fort
Pillow, and was so prominent in the famous victory of
Tishomingo Creek that Forrest declared his obligations
principally due to
Buford
.

During the Atlanta campaign he took part in the operations in
northern Alabama and Tennessee in a number of engagements,
among which Johnsonville is the most famous; and later he was
with Forrest in the operations about Franklin and
Murfreesboro, and the rear-guard fighting of Hood's retreat,
until he was severely wounded at Richland creek, December
24th.

In February, 1865, he was assigned to command all of Alabama
cavalry within the limits of General Taylor's department. He
was in the last fight at Selma, April 2nd.

After the close of the war he resumed the occupation of
farming in Kentucky, and served again in the legislature of
1879. His death occurred June 9, 1884, at Danville, Illinois.

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. XI, p. 228

 

Home

BUFORD Families in America Book 2005

Addendum to Buford Book 2005

Cemeteries

Letters

Obituaries

Photographs

Wills

And my ALL-TIME favorite ~ TRIVIA

~~~Clouds by Torie~~~