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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 1917.001.00007
Date October 13, 1863
Scope & Content Irving A. Buck Papers: Irving Ashby Buck to Alvin Duval Buck, October 13, 1863

Physical Appearance: October 13, 1863 - "Pat" [Irving Ashby Buck] at Head Q[uarte]rs Cleburne's Division, Missionary Ridge, 3 Miles South [of] Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Alvin [Duval Buck] - Long, chatty letter in which Irving describes fighting at Missionary Ridge and Chattanooga - troop movements and casualties. "Gen[eral] [Patrick Ronayne] Cleburne says he never was in such a shower of canister before, in all his battles." Mentions he has an opportunity to go to Kentucky. Notes that he tried to get in the division as an "aid" but everything was taken --- adds, "I should have felt like I was signing your death warrant - wish you were satisfied where you are." Comments on friends and family. Discusses living arrangements and the coolness of the weather. Signed, "Pat." 6 pp.
Archival History Irving Ashby Buck was born in Warren County, Virginia on November 24, 1840, He enlisted as a Private in Co. B, 17th Virginia Infantry on July 25, 1861. Buck served as clerk to Lt. Col. Thomas Jordan, AAG, at General Beauregard's headquarters, during 1861 and 1862. He subsequently served as Capt. and AAG on Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne's staff during 1862, 1863, and 1864. Buck was severely wounded on September 2, 1864 at Jonesboro, Georgia. Postwar he came back to Front Royal, Virginia but moved to Baltimore, Maryland for business reasons. Late in life, he relocated back to Front Royal. He died on September 8, 1912 and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal. His brother Alvin Duval Buck was born on December 19, 1838 in Warren County, Virginia. He enlisted on June 19, 1861 as a Private in Co. B, 17th Virginia Infantry. The rolls show him as absent, serving as a clerk to AAG Thomas Jordan at Gen. Beauregard's headquarters, from 1861-1865. Alvin was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1,1865. He died on September 15, 1922 and was also buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal, Virginia.
People Buck, Alvin D.
Buck, Irving A.