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Robert Buffum

Date of birth: 1828
Date of death: July 20, 1871
Burial location: Auburn, New York
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Salem
Home of record: Gilead Ohio
Status: POW

After his successful escape, Private Buffum arrived in Washington, DC where he and his fellow raiders were presented the first Medals of Honor in history. Buffum was third in the group of six to receive his Country's highest honor. In the early 1950's, Disney Studios released "The Great Locomotive Chase", a movie staring Fess Parker to herald the accomplishments of the Andrews Raid.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Robert Buffum, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on April, 1862, while serving with Company G, 21st Ohio Infantry, in action during the Andrew's Raid in Georgia. Private Buffum was one of the 19 of 22 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of General Mitchell (or Buell), penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Georgia, in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta.

General Orders: Date of Issue: March 25, 1863

Action Date: April, 1862

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company H

Division: 21st Ohio Infantry