Abram J. Buckles
Abraham Jay Buckles
|Born||August 2, 1846|
|Died||January 19, 1915 (aged 68)|
San Bernardino County, California
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance|| United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1862 - 1865|
|Unit||Company E, 19th Indiana Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Other work||Lawyer, teacher and judge|
Abraham Jay Buckles (August 2, 1846 – January 19, 1915) was an American soldier and jurist. Born near Muncie, Indiana, on August 2, 1846, to Thomas and Rebecca (Graham) Buckles, his first name was often abbreviated as "Abram". Buckles was largely self-educated, and was known for his heroism during the American Civil War and his years of service on the California bench.
In 1862, Buckles joined Company E, 19th Indiana Infantry, which was to become part of the "Iron Brigade," First Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac, even though he was only 15 years old. Buckles was wounded by bullets four times during the Civil War: at the Second Battle of Bull Run (thigh); Gettysburg (right shoulder); the Wilderness (body); and the Battle of Hatcher's Run (knee). His right leg was amputated after being shot through the knee at Hatcher's Run, and was discharged from service just 15 days before Lee's surrender. By that time, Buckles was a Second Lieutenant in the 20th Regiment Indiana Infantry (Reorganized).
BUCKLES, ABRAM J.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 19th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., 5 May 1864. Entered service at: Muncie, Ind. Birth: Delaware County, Ind. Date of issue: 4 December 1893. Citation: Though suffering from an open wound, carried the regimental colors until again wounded.
After his discharge, Buckles became a teacher while he read the law. He was admitted to the Indiana bar, but then moved his family to Dixon, California in 1875. There, he began his legal career. In 1879, he was elected District Attorney of Solano County, a position he retained until 1884, when he became Judge of the Superior Court of Solano County. Governor George Pardee named Buckles to the newly created Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in April 1905. Buckles was denied nomination for election to the appellate court in 1906, and left office upon the expiration of his term in 1907. He returned to practice in Fairfield, and in 1908 returned to the bench of the Superior Court of Solano County, where he served for the remainder of his life.
Judge Buckles was actively involved in civic and fraternal organizations. He was elected commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of California and served as Past Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias in California.
- Alan D. Gaff, On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade, Indiana University Press, 1999, p.13
- Abraham J. Buckles, California Courts, http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/courtsofappeal/3rdDistrict/justices_former/buckles.htm
- "Delaware County," Conn Indiana Marriages, http://userpages.monmouth.com/~raryan/indconn.htm Archived 2010-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
- Tom Gregory, History of Solano and Napa Counties (1912) p. 334.
- J.H. Stine, History of the Army of the Potomac, Philadelphia, PA: Rodgers Printing, 1892, p. 722,
- The Union Guards, 1861-1865, That Was Then..., available online at: http://www.unionguards.org/guards/pubdocs/history-then.pdf
- Tom Gregory, History of Solano and Napa Counties (1912), p. 334.
- 25 Stats 938 (1888)
- Tom Gregory, History of Solano and Napa Counties (1912), p.334
- Home of the Heroes, http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/states/pages_af/buckles_abram_ca.html
- District Attorneys of Solano County, http://www.co.solano.ca.us/depts/da/district_attorneys_of_solano_county.asp
- Bassford v. Earl (1912) 162 Cal. 115.
- Abraham J. Buckles, http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/courtsofappeal/3rdDistrict/justices_former/buckles.htm
- "A Reward of Merit" Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1893, p.11.
- "Veteran Jurist Passes Beyond," Los Angeles Times, January 20, 1915, p. II8
- "Abram J. Buckles". Find a Grave. Retrieved March 20, 2011.