During his service in the Civil War, Buckingham was an Assistant Inspector General and toward the end of the war he received a brevet promotion to Colonel of the regiment. After the war, Buckingham worked for the Freedmen’s Aid Society for several months, and from 1866 to 1881 was employed as Superintendent and agent for the American Chemical Company near New Haven, Conn. In 1881, he suffered a severe “paralytic shock” and became an invalid. He died on December 5, 1891 at age 71; his burial site is unknown.
The 20th Connecticut Infantry, a regiment of the Army of the Potomac, was involved in several pivotal battles in the Eastern and Western theaters. Assigned to the XII corps, and later the XX Corps, they took part in a number of actions including those at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman’s March to the sea.
Charles Cornut has been a member of COUG since 2012 and resides in Monroe, CT.
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