Abraham Buford

(1820-1884)

Brigadier General

Picture reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

Headstone picture: Find-a-Grave

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Abraham Buford, two of whose cousins were generals in the Union Army, was born in Woodford, Kentucky, January 18, 1820. After attending Centre College in that state, he was graduated from West Point in 1841, and was brevetted for gallantry in Mexico. He resigned from the old army in 1854 to devote himself to his stock farm near Versailles, Kentucky. Buford appears to have maintained the classic neutrality of his state until the invasion by General Bragg in 1862, when he cast his lot with the South. He was appointed brigadier general to rank from September 2, 1862. He took part in the Vicksburg campaign, and was later attached to Bedford Forrest's cavalry corps, with which he then largely served until Forrest's surrender at Selma, Alabama, in April 1865. Returning to his farm upon the cessation of hostilities, General Buford became noted as a turfman and owner of several celebrated horses, and was elected to a term in the Kentucky legislature. In later years he suffered severe financial reverses, which culminated in the loss of his home. Weighted down by this and other misfortunes, he took his own life at Danville, Indiana, June 9, 1884. In accordance with a request contained in the note found with his body, he was buried in Lexington, Kentucky, by the side of his wife and son.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.