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Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sergeant John E. Buffington

The Breakthrough

 

—Pamplin Historical Park —

 
Sergeant John E. Buffington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Sergeant John E. Buffington Marker
Inscription.
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.”
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.82′ N, 77° 28.443′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from Duncan Road (Route 670), on the left when traveling south. Click for map
Marker on the Breakthrough Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Marker on the Breakthrough Trail
The Confederate fortifications stormed by Sergeant Buffington and his men on April 2, 1865 can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
. Marker is in Pamplin Historical Park, on the Breakthrough Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Attack Begins (within shouting distance of this marker); Brother vs. Brother (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederate Fortifications (about 300 feet away); McGowan’s South Carolina Brigade (about 300 feet away); 1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins (about 300 feet away); “The Strongest Line of Works Ever Constructed” (about 300 feet away); First Man Over the Works (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a photograph of Sergeant John Buffington. Above that is a battle map of the Breakthrough, indicating the approach of the Union troops and the location of the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Breakthrough at Petersburg. The American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Breakthrough Trail. Pamplin Historical Park website. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Breakthrough Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Breakthrough Battle Map from Marker
 

3. The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 976 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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