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Civil War Soldiers - Buckingham
|Buckingham, Catharinus P., brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Springfield, Ohio, March 14, 1808. He graduated in
the military academy at West Point in 1829, served one year on
topographical duty and another as instructor at West Point, and then
resigned from the service to become professor of mathematics and
natural philosophy at Kenyon college, Gambler, Ohio. He then engaged
in manufacturing and acquired a business interest in the Kokosing iron
works at Mt. Vernon, Ohio. On May 3, 1861, he entered the United
States service as assistant adjutant-general of Ohio, was made
commissary-general on May 8, and on July 1, adjutant-general with the
rank of brigadier-general, serving until April 2, 1862. He was
detailed on special duty in the war department in Washington from
July, 1862, to Feb., 1863, and then resigned to go into business in
New York. He built the Illinois Central railroad company's grain
elevators in Chicago, and rebuilt those that had been destroyed by the
great fire, being occupied in this work from 1868 to 1873, and then
became president of the Chicago steel works. He died in Chicago, Ill.,
Aug. 30, 1888.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908