July 29, 1923 Spartanburg Herald Newspaper
"AGED CONFEDERATE TELLS OF CIVIL WAR DAYS WHEN HE WAS WITH JOHNSTON....
Colonel M.M. BUFORD of Newberry who visited Sptbg. , Relates Incidents of War Between States"......
MUNSFORD MONROE BUFORD is 77 years of age. He was born in Union Co. but moved to Newberry when he was 10 years old and has remained since save the Civil War period. He inlisted in the Confederate army at sixteen as a member of Company K, 5th South Carolina Cavalry. This company went into service with 176 men, and today only three survive.
After serviving faithfully and gallantly throughout the war he returned home after the surrender and began farming . In 1906 he was elected sheriff of Newberry Co., and filled that position for 16 years.
Ex- Sheriff BUFORD has prepared an interesting history of the surrender of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Gen. Sherman, which follows; [ I can only highlight, because it is many pages long, Nancie]
MR. BUFORD, is the man who originated the idea of pensioning the loyal, faithful colored men of the south who during the war remained true to their white masters and mistresses, despite any and all enticement to become disloyal. He submitted to the state senate and Allen Johnston, who engineered it through. He is proud of his part in the movement.
....On the morning of the 25th of April, General Sherman notified General Johnston that the terms had been rejected and demanded a surrender. That night General Johnston sent a dispatch under a flag of truce to Sherman. This dispatch was intrusted the Col. Rawlins Lowndes of General Hampton's staff. When asked if he wanted an escort of cavalry Colonel Lowndes said, " No. One good man will do. I'll take BUFORD".
I was not a captain in the army but I am proudest of having been selected by Col. Rawlins Lowndes as his courier and escort on the visit to the headquarters of Gen. William T. Sherman, the night of the 25th of April, 1865 when I was hardly more than a lad. When we reached Sherman's headquarters we were treated very nicely. Soldiers were sent to hold our horses. Colonel Lowndes went in, but I stayed out and held my own horse. On the way back, Col. Lowndes had said " Buford, why didn't you let that soldier hold your horse?" My reply was "I don't let no Yankee hold my horse". On the 26th day of April I left the almost deserted camp for home, riding my cavalry horse.
After that historic ride together , I never saw Col. Lowndes again until we met in Columbia 37 years later at General Hampton's funeral, the 13th of April, 1902. Col. Lowndes dies at his home in Charleston Dec. 31, 1919 , in his 85th year of age.
[ Wish someone would post Col. Buford obituary for us ]