Esquire Buckles (about 1850 - March 29, 1865) served as a private in Company L, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
Esquire Buckles was born about 1850 in Carter County, Tennessee to Isaac and Eveline (Jones) Buckles. He was unmarried.
Civil War service
Buckles enlisted as a private in Company L on February 1, 1864 in Knoxville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in on March 15, 1864.
At the time of his death he is described as 18 years old, 5' 4" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.
Buckles was left sick at Asylum General Hospital in Knoxville where he died on March 25, 1865 due to congestion of the brain. No muster roll records or records of his personal effects have been located.
When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 in Knoxville it was noted that he had never been paid, owed $2.15 to the government for clothing, and had not received a bounty.
Buckles is buried at Knoxville National Cemetery.
- An alternate date of December 8, 1864 for his enlistment is found on one record in his file and it was added by someone who did not originally fill out the form.
- Buckles clearly lied about his age. He was most likely 15 years old at the time of his death as the 1850 U.S. Census gives his age as 0.
- Congestion of the brain was a catchall diagnosis that would now include stroke, cerebral edema (swelling of the brain due to injury to the head), infection (such as meningitis or smallpox), and other causes. A fall from a horse resulting in a head injury and death by "congestion of the brain" was a very common occurrence during the Civil War.