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Civil War Soldiers - Buckland
|Buckland, Ralph P., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was
born at Leyden, Mass., Jan. 20, 1812, was educated in Ohio, admitted
to the bar there in 1837, and began the practice of law in Fremont,
that state. He was in 1848 a delegate to the national Whig convention,
and in 1855 became state senator, holding that office until 1859. At
the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted a regiment which became the
72nd Ohio volunteers, and was elected its colonel. For gallantry at
the battle of Shiloh, where he commanded the 4th brigade of Sherman's
division, he was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29,
1862. He commanded a brigade of the 15th army corps at Vicksburg, was
later assigned to the command of the district of Memphis, and on March
13, 1865, was brevetted major- general of volunteers. He resigned from
the army in Jan., 1865, to accept a seat in Congress to which he had
been elected while in the field, and was re-elected in 1866. He was
president of the board of managers of the Ohio soldiers' and sailors'
orphans' home from 1867 to 1873, and government director of the Union
Pacific railroad from 1877 to 1880. Gen. Buckland was a delegate to
the Philadelphia loyalists' convention in 1866, to the Pittsburg
soldiers' convention, and to the Republican national convention of
1876. He died at Fremont, Ohio, May 28, 1892.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908