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

Robert Buffum

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H,
    21st Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Georgia, USA
One of the 19 of 24 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert Buffum
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert Buffum
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Gilead, Wood County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 25, 1863
    Washington, D.C.; presented by Sec. of War Edward M. Stanton
  • Born: 1828, Salem, Essex County, MA, United States
  • Died: July 20, 1871, Auburn, NY, United States
  • Buried: Soule Cemetery (Prison Section) (MH), Auburn, NY, United States

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