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Captain George Bucklin was born in Brooklyn, NY, February 26, 1843. His father, Thomas P. Bucklin, was a New York merchant. His business was a tea importer, under the firm name of Bucklin & Crane. The firm owned a large number of vessels, some of them the finest clippers that sailed from the port of New York, which included the ships Comet, Intrepid, Black Hawk, and Celestial. Some years before the war he retired from business and took up his residence with his family in East Providence, RI. Captain Bucklin, his son, attended the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn as a student. He first entered the service of the United States as a private in Company D, Tenth Rhode Island Infantry, May 26, 1862, at the second three months’ call for troops to defend Washington. His company was stationed at Fort De Russey, in the defences of Washington.
CAPTAIN GEORGE BUCKLIN
Mustered out with his regiment Sept. 1, 1862. He reentered the service as a second lieutenant of Company F, Twelfth Rhode Island Infantry, Oct. 9, 1862; transferred to Company A, March 7, 1863; and transferred to Company H, June 2, 1863. He participated with his regiment in the battle of Fredericksburg. The regiment was in the second general advance on the enemy’s works and suffered severely. Colonel Browne in his official report to General Nagle, spoke in high commendation of the good conduct of his men, and among others he named Lieutenant Bucklin as meriting special mention, and recommended him for promotion, which he afterwards received, being commissioned first lieutenant and transferred to Company C, June 15, 1863. The regiment afterwards went with General Burnside, and served with him in the Kentucky campaign. The regiment was mustered out of service July 29, 1863.
Upon his return to Rhode Island, Lieutenant Bucklin was commissioned captain in the First Brigade, Rhode Island Militia, Sept. 1, 1863, but resigned about September 21st, to accept a captaincy in the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored). Passed examination as captain at Washington, DC, before General Casey’s Board, and was appointed captain by the President of the United States, in same regiment, and assigned to Company C. He was re-mustered to date November 23, 1863. He was stationed with his battalion at Fort Esperanza, Matagorda Island, from January 3, 1864, until May 19, 1864.
He was removed to Fort Jackson, LA., the Mississippi River, July 3, 1864 and then removed to Brashear City, LA, in May, 1865. Company was detached and placed in command at Fort Buchanan, Bayou Teche, where it was flooded out and returned to Brashear City. Captain Bucklin resigned his commission at the close of the war (Aug. 24, 1865), and returned North. He subsequently bought a cotton plantation in Alachua County, Florida, and resided there for five years…he later became interested in real estate.
He was a member of the Colorado Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Bucklin Post, No. 20, Grand Army of the Republic, of East Providence, R. I., Providence Chess Club, President of the San Antonio Chess Club of San Antonio, Texas. Also a member of the San Antonio Club of the same place, and the Metropolitan Club of Denver, Colorado.”
Captain Bucklin died in Long Beach, CA, in 1918. He was buried in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI (reference number Buck2591) and then later moved to the Newman Cemetery, East Providence, RI. Captain Bucklin was placed in RI Hall of Fame in 1981.
Bucklin is honored by having his name on the large administrative hub building for the Yawgoog Scout Reservation. The original Bucklin Memorial Building was the location of the Three Point Dining Hall. A new building was later erected at its current location on the Donald North Court and this continues to serve as the administration building for the reservation.
Congrats to Cyndeee2 & Jeff on the FTF!
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