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Period CDV image of Confederate General Simon B. Buckner

$90.00

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a period CDV image of Confederate General Simon B. Buckner (no backmark). He is in uniform and the stars and buttons are clear, as well as the overall image.

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Buckner became an instructor there. He took a hiatus from teaching to serve in the Mexican American War, participating in many of the major battles of that conflict. He resigned from the army in 1855 to manage his father-in-law's real estate in Chicago, Illinois.

He returned to his native state of Kentucky in 1857 and was appointed adjutant general by Governor Beriah Magoffin in 1861. In this position, he tried to enforce Kentucky's neutrality policy in the early days of the Civil War. When the state's neutrality was breached, Buckner accepted a commission in the Confederate Army after declining a similar commission in the Union Army.

In 1862, he accepted Ulysses S. Grant's demand for an "unconditional surrender" at the Battle of Fort Donelson. He was the first Confederate general to surrender an army in the war. He spent five months as a prisoner of war. After his release, Buckner participated in Braxton Bragg's failed invasion of Kentucky and near the end of the war became chief of staff to Edmund Kirby Smith in the Trans-Mississippi Department.

This is a nice Confederate CDV and in great condition, not trimmed. It is a very desirable image because of the association with General Grant’s “unconditional surrender”. (FREE SHIPPING)

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