Sergeant John E. Buffington

Sergeant John E. Buffington (HM9ZK)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.82', W 77° 28.443'

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Sergeant John E. Buffington

6th Maryland Infantry, 2nd Brigade,
3rd Division (Seymour), Sixth Corps

Resident: Carroll County, Maryland

Enlisted: August 1862

Sergeant John Ezra Buffington, with five other men of his regiment, stormed the ramparts of the Confederate works near this position during the attack on April 2, 1865. The commander of the brigade that included the 6th Maryland wrote after the battle, "I have made a full investigation as to who was in fact the first man from this brigade to enter the works and am fully satisfied that Sergeant John E. Buffington, Co. C 6th Maryland Volunteers was the first man to pass over the works." It was not until March 4, 1908 that Buffington was awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry in carrying the lines of the enemy at Petersburg, Virginia, April 2, 1865."
HM NumberHM9ZK
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 7:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280371 N 4117744
Decimal Degrees37.18033333, -77.47405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.82', W 77° 28.443'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 49.20" N, 77° 28' 26.58" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6619 Duncan Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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