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Simon B. Buckner

Date of Birth:      April 1, 1823
Hometown:         Hart County, KY
Education:           West Point, 1844
Final Wartime Rank:    Lieutenant General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     January 8, 1914
Place of Death:    Munfordville, KY
Buried At:           Frankfort, KY

Major Battles:        Fort Donelson, Perryville, Chickamauga, Siege of Knoxville

Interesting Fact(s):    Buckner, an 1844 graduate, of West Point, would resign from active service, after the Mexican War, where he earned two brevet promotions.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was the adjutant general, of Kentucky, in charge of the state guard.  He would quickly decline a brigadier general appointment in the U.S. Army but would be promoted to brigadier general in the Confederate Army - which he would accept.  At the battle of Fort Donelson, Buckner would be left by CS generals Gideon Pillow, and John Floyd, to surrender the fort to U.S. Grant.  Seeking terms, Grant would offer none - an act that would create a rift in a friendship, dating back to their time at West Point.  He would lead a division during Braxton Bragg's Kentucky offensive, at Perryville.  He would transfer to Mobile, where he would work on the defenses there, until he was brought north, to lead an army corps at Chickamauga.  After Chickamauga, he would be promoted to lieutenant general, a rank he would maintain through the close of hostilities.  In 1896, Buckner would be the vice presidential nominee of the "Gold Democrats."  He would not be elected.