Abraham "Abe" Buford II
(January 18, 1820 - June 9, 1884) was a soldier and Thoroughbred horse breeder. Born in Woodford County, Kentucky
, Buford served in the Mexican-American War
. He joined the Confederate States Army
during the American Civil War
, reaching the rank of General.
The post-bellum years were not kind to Buford. After a series of financial and personal losses in the 1870s, he committed suicide by shooting himself on June 9, 1884.
As Abraham Buford was, in the words of Charles W. Anderson, "raising Cain in Kentucky", General Nathan Bedford Forrest decided there was ample opportunity to attack Fort Pillow.