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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

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