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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 723

On Wednesday, December 16, 1863 Union General John Buford died in Washington, D.C. of typhoid.  Born into a prominent Kentucky family that subsequently moved to Illinois, Buford attended Knox College and then West Point from where he graduated in 1848. 

When the Civil War started, Buford was made assistant inspector general of the defenses of Washington, D.C.  He subsequently served under the commands of Pope, McClellan, Hooker, and Burnside.  But it was at Gettysburg where Buford gained his greatest fame.

On July 1, 1863 his skillful defensive troop alignments gave the North the time to establish the important positions that would become the backbone of the Union defenses for the remainder of the battle.  For his achievements, Buford was promoted to the rank of major general just hours before his death.