Jefferson Buford
August 17, 1807 - August 28, 1862

My Cuddly Little Rebel Rabble Rouser !!!

Jefferson was the second born as well as the second son of
John Ragsdale and Esther Eaves Buford of Chester County, South Carolina.
Jefferson trained as a Lawyer and was a successful farmer in the
Union District of South Carolina.
He, like many other Bufords, was a "mover and a shaker,"
and had his finger in quite a few pots around town and
state of South Carolina.
To read about him from the beginning, please go to,%20LeRoy%20and%20Frances%20Ragsdale.htm
This should be read before you read this page to make sense of what Jefferson was about.
The following newspaper articles were discovered and donated to me for
the Buford website by my friend and fellow writer
Sandy Hurt -Norris. 
Sandy, after studying my Buford family, has
pegged us accurately as being
"Fire Brands."
But to know us is to love us :-'))

After reading what you will find at the above page
and what I have obtained from
Sandy (Below) you will well understand why I have dubbed
Jefferson as my
"Cuddly Little Rebel Rabble Rouser."
How I wish I could have met him and gotten his story first hand ...

From the Charleston Mercury - 22 Dec 1855

Shall Kansas be Surrendered Without a Struggle!

    We call the special attention of our readers to the letter of Jefferson Buford, Esq. of Eufaula, Ala.  He proposes to take a company of 300 emigrants, and to start with them for Kansas by the 20th February.  To effect this object he proposes to invest $20,000 of his ample fortune in the undertaking.  He offers to each emigrant a free passage to Kansas, a support for the first year, and forty acres of the best land in the world.  Major Buford is too well known in this community to need commendation at our hands.  He is a South Carolinian by birth, an ardent friend of Southern Rights, a bold and fearless man, and the leading lawyer of the circuit.  He is also a man of fortune, and is willing to expend part of it in the enterprise.  At our instance, he has consented to visit Columbus about the 10th of January, when, if it be agreeable to the members of the Kansas Emigrant Aid Society, he will develop his plans to them and beat up for recruits.

    An opportunity is here offered to the friends of Southern settlers in Kansas to give them efficient aid.  The whole South is being agitated upon the subject.  Virginia has already sent out a large body of emigrants.  But the other day Mr. Cargyle took out 42 settlers from Gritlin, and was followed shortly afterwards by Captain Allison Nelson with 100 more from Atlanta.  Captain Hamilton is engaged at Adairsville.  Let us follow suit.  What has become of our Kansas society?

    For the information of persons who desire to emigrate, we publish, in connection with Maj. Buford's communications, a letter from a highly respectable citizen of Platte city, giving a minute description of the country and the present attitude of the controversy between the Missourians and the New Englanders.  We will follow up with other letters from the scene of strife.

To Kansas Emigrants !! - Who will go to Kansas?? 

I wish to raise 300 industrious, sober, discreet, reliable men, capable of bearing arms; not prone to use them wickedly, or unnecessarily, but willing to protect their section in every real emergency.  I desire to start with them for Kansas by the 20th of February next.  To such I will guarantee the donation of a homestead of forty acres of first rate land, a free passage to Kansas, and the means of support for the first year.  To Ministers of the Gospel, Mechanics, and those with military or agricultural outfits, I will offer greater inducements.  Besides devoting $20,000 of my own means to this enterprise, I expect all those who know and have confidence in me, and who feel an interest in the cause, to contribute as much as they are able.  I will give to each contributor my obligation that for every fifty dollars so contributed, I will, within six months thereafter, place in Kansas, one bona fide settler, able and willing to vote, and fight if need be, for our section, or in default of doing so, that I will, on demand, refund the donation with interest from the day of its receipt.  I will keep an account of the obligations so issued, and each successive one shall specify one emigrant more than its immediate predecessor - thus No. 1 shall pledge me to take one emigrant, No. 2, two, No. 3, three, etc., and if the State makes a contribution it shall be divided into sums of fifty dollars each and numbered accordingly.  Here is your cheapest and surest chance to do something for Kansas - something toward holding against free-soil hordes this great Thermopylae of Southern institutions.  In this their day of darkness, nay, of extreme peril, there ought to be, there needs must be, great individual sacrifice, or they cannot be maintained.  If we cannot find some crazy enough to peril even life in the deadly breach, then it is not because individuals have grown more prudent and wise, but because public virtue has decayed, and thereby we have already become unequal to the successful defense of our rights.

J. Buford

November 26th, 1855


From the Charleston Mercury - 7 Apr 1856

Reception of Maj. Jefferson Buford

    Columbus, April 4 - Maj. Buford arrived in this city on the morning of the 3d inst., by the Mobile and Girard Railroad.  He was handsomely entertained by the citizens of Glenville, on his way to Silver Run.  He was met at the bridge by a military escort, composed of the Columbus Guards, Capt. Semmes, and the City Light Guards, Capt. Colquiti (sic), and conducted to Temperence Hall, where he was received in form by a large and enthusiastic assemblage of ladies and gentlemen.  The reception address was delivered by James Hamilton, Esq., who welcomed them to Georgia in an appropriate address, and bade them God speed in this noble and patriotic enterprise.

    He was responded to by Maj. Buford in an address of burning patriotism, in which he demonstrated the feasibility of saving Kansas to the South by Southern emigration, and urged upon his fellow citizens the necessity of prompt, and decided action if they intended to preserve their civilization, their property, and their cast.  The war now being waged by the North upon the South, if successful, would, in his judgment, destroy social order, break down the supremacy of the white race, and convert the freest and happiest country on the face of the earth into a howling wilderness like that this day presented in St. Domingo and Jamaica.  Kansas was the outpost in this struggle, and if the South did not excuse it she would be reduced to the condition of a subject province, and the question of her degradation and final ruin was one of time.  He expressed the confident belief that the Territory of Kansas would be saved by means of peaceful emigration, such as he now led.  He and his company were going out as colonists.  Their object was to sustain existing laws.  They took no arms with them; but if fanaticism attempted to carry out its treason in Kansas, he pledged his men to conquer or die in the struggle for the Constitution.  This is but a meagre outline of this very able address.  It carried conviction to all hearts, and converted many who went to the meeting for mere curiosity into ardent friends of the cause.  But the great event of the occasion was the address of Alpheus Baker, Esq., of Eufaula, Ala., who had accompanied his friends to Columbus, and was called out as Maj. Buford resumed his seat.  For the space of an hour, he held his large audience spell-bound by a rushing tide of eloquence, which Patrick Henry never surpassed in the palmiest days of his fame.  Thought, word, and action teemed with eloquence, and every heart overflowed.  His addressed produced a profound impression.  Long may he live to bear his blushing honors.  His heart is as full of patriotism as his mouth is of eloquence.

    After the ceremonies of reception were concluded, the company was escorted to their quarters at the Columbus Hotel, where Maj. Buford will remain until 8 o'clock this morning, and will be glad to see the friends of the cause and especially persons who desire to join his company.  He will leave for Montgomery on Friday morning by the Opelika Railroad, where he will remain two days.

    Maj. Buford crossed the bridge with 100 emigrants, having been joined at the Girard depot with 30 South Carolinians under Captain Bell.

    Numbers of persons are crowding in every day to join the company, and we presume not less than 150 to 200 will leave this rendezvous for Kansas this morning under the lead of one of the truest men and purist patriots in the country.  Long life and prosperity to them. 


BUFORD Families in America Book 2005

Addendum to Buford Book 2005


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John Quincy Adams Buford




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