General Don Buell
||Buell was born in Lowell,Ohio, on March 23, 1818. He graduated from the U. S. Military
Academy at West Point on July 1, 1841, and on June 18, 1846 was promoted to first
lieutenant.He later rose to the rank of major. After the war he became assistant adjutant
general, then served in the Washington military bureaucracy as chief of several
Buell assumed command of the Department of the Ohio, which included Kentucky, on
November 15, 1861. His actions were instrumental in keeping Kentucky in the Union. On
February 14, 1862, Buell entered and took control of Bowling Green as a Confederate force
under Gen. Albert S. Johnson retreated toward Nashville. The following September, Buell
reached Louisville and prepared to advance against Confederate forces to the southeast.
This forced Bragg to move south. Bragg moved to Harrodsburg,
while Buell moved to Danville.
He resigned his commission on June 1 1864. Buell then moved to Kentucky, becoming
president of the Green River Iron Company.In 1885 Buell received a presidential
appointment as state pension agent, a position he held until 1890. Buell then
married Margaret Mason of Mobile, Alabama, and adopted her daughter by a previous
marriage. He died on November 19, 1898 in Paradise, Kentucky, and was buried in
Bellefontaine cemetery in St. Louis.
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