Portrait of Don Carlos Buell

Don Carlos Buell was a prominent Union general during the American Civil War who directed the Department of the Ohio and commanded the Army of the Ohio in the Western Theater. [Wikimedia Commons]

Don Carlos Buell - Facts

March 23, 1818 – November 19, 1898

Key facts about Union General Don Carlos Buell.


Full Name:

  • Don Carlos Buell

Birth Date:

  • March 23, 1818

Birth Location:

  • near Lowell, Ohio


  • Salmon D. and Eliza Buell


  • United State Military Academy (1841)


  • Military officer

Career Summary:

  • Colonel (USA), Major General (USVA), Army of the Ohio commander


  • Elizabeth Margaret Hunter (1851)

Place of Death:

  • Rockport, Kentucky

Date of Death:

  • November 19, 1898

Place of Burial:

  • Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri


  • Don Carlos Buell was born on the farm of his grandfather, Judge Salmon Buell, in Lowell, Ohio, on March 23, 1818.
  • Don Carlos Buell was the son of Salmon D. Buell and Eliza Buell.
  • Don Carlos Buell was named after his uncle, Don Carlos Buell, who was a lawyer in Ithaca, New York.
  • Don Carlos Buell’s father died during a cholera epidemic in 1823, when Buell was five years of age.
  • In 1826 Don Carlos Buell was sent to live with an uncle, a prominent farmer and merchant, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
  • Don Carlos Buell was educated at a local private school in Indiana where he excelled in mathematics and horsemanship.
  • Don Carlos Buell attended the United States Military Academy from 1837 to 1841.
  • Don Carlos Buell graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1841, ranked thirty-second in his class of fifty-two.
  • Don Carlos Buell was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army on July 1, 1841.
  • Don Carlos Buell fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican American War, where he was wounded at the Battle of Churubusco (August 20, 1847).
  • After the Mexican American War, Don Carlos Buell served in the American West.
  • Don Carlos Buell married Elizabeth Margaret Hunter (widow of General Richard Barnes Mason) on November 19, 1851, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Don Carlos Buell was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on May 17, 1861.
  • Don Carlos Buell was promoted to major general of volunteers on March 21, 1862.
  • Don Carlos Buell directed the Department of the Ohio from November 15, 1861 through March 11, 1862.
  • Don Carlos Buell commanded the Army of the Ohio from November 15, 1861 through October 24, 1862.
  • Don Carlos Buell served at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862).
  • Don Carlos Buell was relieved of his command of the Army of the Ohio on October 24, 1862, as a result of his inaction following the Battle of Perryville (October 8, 1862).
  • Don Carlos Buell was mustered out of volunteer service on May 23, 1864.
  • Don Carlos Buell resigned from the United States Army on June 1, 1864.
  • Don Carlos Buell was president of Green River, Ky., Iron Works, 1865-70.
  • Kentucky Governor Luke P. Blackburn appointed Don Carlos Buell one of twelve members of the first board of trustees of the Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College (now the University of Kentucky).
  • Don Carlos Buell served as a U. S. Pension Agent from 1885 to 1889.
  • Don Carlos Buell owned eight slaves during his lifetime.

Citation Information

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  • Article Title Don Carlos Buell - Facts
  • Coverage March 23, 1818 – November 19, 1898
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 28, 2021