The Generals, Buckner and Buckner

Eighty-eight, poor and living in a log cabin in Hart county, Kentucky — the cabin he was born in — General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Confederate commander, former governor of Kentucky and running mate of Palmer on the Gold Democrat ticket in 1896, swears he is the happiest man alive.

“The cabin is 103 years old,” he says, “I raise my own tobacco, have a fine mint bed and my old dog General wags his tail every time I come in sight. I have a fine spring just outside the cabin door — this water, a little mint and a little of Kentucky’s best spirits in conjunction would make anyone happy. I wouldn’t give up my log cabin home for a palace — Rockefeller or Vanderbilt couldn’t buy my cabin.”

New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) Dec 10, 1910


Death Ends Distinguished Career As Soldier and Political Leader


LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 8. — General Simon Bolivar Buckner, former governor of Kentucky, and candidate for vice president on the gold democratic national ticket in 1896, died at his home tonight.


General Simon Bolivar Buckner had a long and distinguished career as a soldier, having served in the Mexican and civil wars, in both of which he was promoted for bravery and soldierly qualities. He was born on a farm in Hart county, Kentucky, April 1, 1823, and graduated from the United States military academy in 1822. [1844]

During the Mexican war, he was brevetted for bravery at the battles of Contreras, Churubusco and Molino Del Rey. He remained with the army until 1855, when he resigned. When the civil war broke out he joined the confederate army with the rank of brigadier general. He was successively made major general and lieutenant general.

He was governor of Kentucky from 1887 to 1891, and served as a member of the Kentucky constitutional convention in 1891. After being a candidate for vice president on the gold democratic ticket in 1896, he retired to his farm in Hart county, but continued to take a lively interest in public affairs.

General Buckner had been in ill health, due to his advanced age, for about a year. He died at 9 o’clock tonight at his home, “Glen Lily,” near Munfordville.

The body will be buried in the state cemetery at Frankfort Saturday.

General Buckner was the last surviving lieutenant general of the confederacy.

Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Jan 9, 1914


Times have changed, and so has the attitude of the Buckner family toward unconditional surrender. Lieut. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner today is doing a great job in leading our new Tenth army in Okinawa in its drive to force unconditional surrender upon Japan.

General Buckner is the son of Lieut. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner of the Confederate States of America, who was the first to be forced to yield to the “unconditional surrender” demands of U.S. Grant.

In February, 1862, General Buckner sent a note to Grant suggesting an armistice for the purpose of discussing the terms upon which he would surrender Fort Donellson, Tennessee, then under siege. Buckner and Grant had been classmates at West Point and Buckner once loaned Grant money to get home on vacation but despite this, Grant replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.”

The Lowell Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts) Apr 9, 1945



Gen. Buckner Killed in Okinawa Battle


Death Comes Almost at Moment of Final Victory By His Tenth Army

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Jun 19, 1945


More about General Buckner, Jr. at Remember the Deadeyes – In Honor of General Buckner

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