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Buford himself felt so after P'ton was chosen head of Cav AOP. No doubt he was superior to P'ton so what do you think caused him being passed over?
I'm answering this again because after doing some reading of Edward Longacre's Lincoln's Cavalrymen, Buford might've been passed over because of his Kentucky roots. Longacre mentions this at least twice in reference to Buford's being passed over or being relegated to unimportant commands. Neither Stoneman or Pleasanton seem to have realized just how good Buford was in the field.

What I can't figure out is why being from Kentucky would be held against Buford. After all, Kentucky didn't secede and it furnished quite a few regiments for the Union Army. 60 from my reading on the subject.
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I'm answering this again because after doing some reading of Edward Longacre's Lincoln's Cavalrymen, Buford might've been passed over because of his Kentucky roots. Longacre mentions this at least twice in reference to Buford's being passed over or being relegated to unimportant commands. Neither Stoneman or Pleasanton seem to have realized just how good Buford was in the field.

What I can't figure out is why being from Kentucky would be held against Buford. After all, Kentucky didn't secede and it furnished quite a few regiments for the Union Army. 60 from my reading on the subject.
And unlike with loyalists from seceded states, there were Kentuckian representatives in Congress who presumably would have pushed for worthy Kentuckian soldiers to be promoted.
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And unlike with loyalists from seceded states, there were Kentuckian representatives in Congress who presumably would have pushed for worthy Kentuckian soldiers to be promoted.
It worth mentioning that they were other Kentucky natives at this time who were reaching high positions of command. Pope had commanded the Army of the Mississippi and the Army of Virginia. Crittenden was currently in command of the 21st Corps, while Bull Nelson and Edward Canby had both been assigned to independent commands.
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Which is why Buford thought his tie-in to Pope hurt his chances for promotion earlier with the AOP.
How curious was that both Buford and Reynolds(I Corps AOP) brightest light were on that same day at Gettysburg, despite being thought of in Army circles as the best Cavalry commander and Corps commander of the AOP, were misused throughout their previous actions.
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