(1826–63) Union army officer, born in Woodford County, Kentucky. During the Civil War, Buford commanded a cavalry brigade under Maj. Gen. John Pope, and was appointed chief of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac. In 1863, he distinguished himself at Gettysburg. At the request of President Abraham Lincoln, Buford was promoted to major general shortly before his death.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.