David E. Buckingham

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David E. Buckingham
Born (1840-03-03)March 3, 1840
Stanton, Delaware
Died November 23, 1915(1915-11-23) (aged 75)
Buried Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit Company E, 4th Delaware Infantry
Awards Medal of Honor

First Lieutenant David E. Buckingham (February 3, 1840 to November 23, 1915) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Buckingham received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action at Rowanty Creek in Virginia on 5 February 1865. He was honored with the award on 13 February 1895.[1][2]


Buckingham was born on 3 February 1840 and enlisted in the 4th Delaware Volunteer Infantry. On 5 February 1865 he, along with Captain S. Rodmond Smith, swam across the Rowanty Creek, which was partially frozen, in order to capture a crossing. He was awarded with the Medal of Honor on 13 February 1895 for this feat.[1]

He died on 23 November 1915 and his remains are interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Swam the partly frozen creek, under fire, in the attempt to capture a crossing.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "David Eastburn Buckingham". Retrieved 20 October 2013.