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R. C. Buchanan
R. C. Buchanan

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Christie Buchanan

"Old Buck"
(1811 - 1878)
Home State: Maryland
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He graduated from the USMA in 1830 served in the Black Hawk Seminole and Mexican Wars and on garrison duty. In 1861 he was Captain in the 4th US Infantry was promoted to LCol. and commanded the 1st Brigade/2nd Division/V Corps in the Seven Days and at Second Manassas.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He continued in command of the 1st Brigade of the Second Division/Fifth (V) Corps.

The remainder of the War:
He led the Brigade at Fredericksburg, and in November 1862 was appointed BGen. of Volunteers, but was not confirmed by the Senate because of his association with Fitz John Porter. He later commanded the defenses at Fort Delaware, and was Colonel of the 1st US Infantry.

After the War:
He continued in career Army service commanding the Department of Louisiana and retired in 1870.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Photo above courtesy AotW member Tim Reese - from the U.S. National Archives.

More on the Web:
See a detailed chronology at the Attec Club site

Birth Date: 3/11/1811    Place of Birth: Baltimore, MD    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1830    
Death Date: 11/29/1878    Death Place: Washington, DC    Burial Place: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washignton, DC

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