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BUFORD, Abraham, soldier, born in Kentucky about 1820 ; died 9 June, 1864. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1841, and assigned to the 1st dragoons, was promoted first lieutenant in 1846, and brevetted captain for gallantry at Buena Vista. In 1848-'51 he served in New Mexico, and in 1852-'4 in the cavalry school at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and as secretary of the military asylum of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, with the rank of captain, and on 22 October 1854, he resigned from the army and became a farmer in Woodford County, Kentucky In 1861 he entered the service of the Confederate states, was commissioned a brigadier-general, and performed distinguished services. He died by his own hand.
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