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Federal (USV)


George Riley Buffum

(1844 - 1862)

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Before Antietam

From Burrillville, he enlisted in Company D, 4th Rhode Island Infantry on 8 August 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 25 September, and Sergeant on 20 November.

On the Campaign

Noted as being acting Lieutenant at Antietam, where he was mortally wounded.

The rest of the War

He died 21 October 1862, was buried at Keedysville, MD, and reinterred in the National Cemetery during or before 1867.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, with details from Dyer2. Birth information from his gravesite on Findagrave. His cousin Edwin R. Buffum, 15th Massachusetts Infantry, was killed on 17 September at Antietam. His brother, Cincinnatus Augustus Buffum, also of the 15th Massachusetts, had been killed in action at Balls Bluff, VA on 21 October 1861.


05/25/1844; Douglas, MA


10/19/1862; Keedysville, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3264]

2   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 1, pg. 251  [AotW citation 14006]