Historic America Photography

Now I Wish I Could Live

John Buford (1826-1863)
Monument to Maj. Gen. John Buford (1826-1863) in West Point Cemetery, 329 Washington Road in West Point, New York. Buford commanded a cavalry division in the Army of the Potomac and famously delayed Confederate forces in the opening phase of the Battle of Gettysburg to allow time for Union reinforcements to arrive. He contracted typhoid fever in December 1863 and died soon after. When informed of his deathbed promotion to major general, he replied, “It is too late, now I wish I could live.”

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