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John E. Buffington
Born 1841
Died 1924
Place of birth Carroll County, Maryland
Place of death Washington
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service August 21, 1862 to June 20, 1865
Rank Sergeant
Unit Maryland Company C, 6th Maryland Infantry
Battles/wars Third Battle of Petersburg
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant John E. Buffington (July 12, 1839 to April 26, 1915) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Buffington received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Third Battle of Petersburg in Virginia on 2 April 1865. He was honored with the award on 3 April 1908.[1][2][3]


Born in Carroll County, Maryland, Buffington enlisted into the 6th Maryland Infantry. He is noted as the first Union soldier to raise a flag within the Confederates lines for the Civil War. This act, which he performed on 2 April 1865, earned him the medal of honor. HOwever, Buffington was not presented with the medal until 1908 as he had mustered out of the army without applying for it.[4][5][6][7]

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Was the first enlisted man of the 3d Division to mount the parapet of the enemy's line.[1][2][3]

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