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    Abraham Buford Document Signed. One page, 6.25" x 5 1/8", Midway [Kentucky]; November 17, 1868. A receipt, signed by Buford, for goods sold by Buford Guthrie & Company to R.A. Alexander for $165.72. The bottom of the receipt is docketed in Buford's hand that the receipt was paid in full and dated February 3, 1869.

    This receipt is from Buford Guthrie & Company, which implies that Buford was involved in a business partnership of some sort in 1868-1869. We have found no information on this company, however, possibly indicating that it was short-lived. We have handled only two other Buford autographs, most recently a war-dated clip that sold for $956 in February 2010.

    Condition: The receipt has horizontal and vertical folds and several slight tears at the top of the document, without affecting the text. Light soiling and wear.


    More Information:

    Abraham Buford II (1820-1884), born in Woodford County, Kentucky, and named after his uncle Abraham Buford (1747-1833), a Continental Army officer during the American Revolutionary War, devoted his life to the military, landowning, and horse breeding. Graduating from West Point Academy in 1841, Buford fought in the Mexican-American War. After the war he served the U.S. Army on the Western frontier until 1854, when he resigned his commission and returned to Kentucky to operate the family farm. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Buford attempted to stay neutral like his native state, but in 1862 he joined the Confederate army and was commissioned as a brigadier general. Serving primarily as a cavalry general in the Western Theater during the war, Buford participated in a number of battles, including Stones River, Champion Hill, Buford returned to Kentucky to raise thoroughbred horses on his farm Bosque Bonita ("Beautiful Woods"). In 1875, General George Custer bought cavalry horses from Bosque Bonita before the Battle of Little Big Horn.



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