They accused me of being a Buffalo

John H. Haddock

Claim Number:  15076
Claim Date:  20-Dec-1875
Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880

John is the father of William Haddock who was hanged at Kinston in 1864.  Confederate authorities arrested John not long after executing his son and put him in jail at Kinston.  One of the witnesses for John’s claim was Richard King.  Mr. King stated that he helped bury William Haddock.

They accused me of being a Buffalo-that is what all loyal men were called-and harboring Buffaloes in the woods-They did arrest me and imprisioned me and made other threats which I do not remember.



Unionism and the Arcane Origin of “Buffalo”

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Categories: 2nd NCUV Company F, General George Pickett, General Robert Frederick Hoke, Jones County, Kinston Hangings, NC Southern Unionists, NC Union Volunteers, Persecution, Soldiers, Southern Claims Commission

Author:North Carolina Union Volunteers

They have been forgotten, those white Southerners who fought on the Union side. They are the unknown soldiers of the Civil War. In the vast and growing literature of that conflict they remain practically unmentioned. There are historic reasons why this has been so, but it has not been because the men are historically unimportant or undeserving of remembrance. Not at all. They made a difference in the outcome of the war: without them, it would not have ended when and as it did. - Lincoln’s Loyalists

In the hour of their country’s peril, they were loyal and true.

Despite the assertions of southern governors that Lincoln would get no troops from the South to preserve the Union, every Confederate state except South Carolina provided at least a battalion of white troops for the Union Army.

6 Comments on “They accused me of being a Buffalo”

  1. March 19, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    But it was Yankees who were brutes, right?

    • March 19, 2011 at 4:22 am #

      Mr. Haddock was in a tough spot. The no man’s land where both regular and irregular troops from both sides roamed.

  2. May 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Is there a connection between the term “Buffalo”as applied to the Galvanized North Carolinian Soldier and the U.S. Colored troops in the West?

    • May 30, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      The term “Buffalo” was used as a derisive comment applied to white men in Eastern NC who joined the Union Army. It predates the use in the West and has a different origin.

  3. June 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    What is the origin of the term as applied to the NC Yankee’s?

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