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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

John E. Buffington

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    6th Maryland Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 2, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA

Was the first enlisted man of the 3d Division to mount the parapet of the enemy's line.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 6, 1908
  • Born: July 3, 1841, Carroll County, MD, United States
  • Died: November 22, 1924, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (PM), Taneytown, MD, United States
  • Location of Medal: Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Petersburg, VA

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