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Buck Parkins

Obituary of Samuel D. Buck, Baltimore, Maryland.

Capt. Samuel D. Buck died at his home, in Baltimore, on the 29th of June, 1920, at the age of seventy-nine years. Thus passed into the great beyond a man distinguished for his courage, energy, his love for his fellow man, his belief in the Christian religion and his consistent living after that belief, and his devotion to his family.

Captain Buck was born in Warren County, Va., in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, on March 2, 1849*. When about eighteen years of age he went to Winchester and entered into the mercantile business. Then in 1861 the young clerk threw himself with all the warmth of his nature into the Southern cause as one of the organizers of an infantry company in Winchester which was assigned to the 13th Virginia Regiment, commanded by A. P. Hill, who became the famous lieitenant general under General Lee.

From his entrance into the army until the close of the war Captain Buck was deeply in the dangers of a soldier's life. Wounded, he would recover and regain his command; stricken with sickness, he would almost at the slightest rally be found with his company. Starting as fourth sergeant in his company, he rose to the rank of captain. His military life was a succession of gallant exploits.

After the war Captain Buck located in Baltimore, where he was prominently identified with its business interests. In 1905 he became Secretary of the Credit Men's Association, of which he served as secretary and manager until 1919, when ill health caused him to resign from active work, and he was made secretary emeritus, He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Alice Parkins, of Winchester, Va., and one son.

* Editors Note: The 1849 year of birth is believed to be incorrect. The timeline from birth to joining the army in 1861 would put him at twelve years of age. Subtracting seventy-nine from 1920 puts his date of birth in approximately 1841.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1920.

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