Maj. Gen. John Buford was a hard-charging man who didn't like to sit back and watch the battle. He fought intelligently at the Battle of Gettysburg on the ground of his choosing. He battled tactics and troop deployment that gave Union forces under Maj. Gen. John Fulton Reynolds time to come up and place a Union foothold outside Gettysburg, Pa.
Had Buford not chosen the "high ground," the Battle of Gettysburg might have had a different outcome.
In honoring this man, I came up with a straight forward sandwich using some of the freshest Wisconsin mozzarella I've tasted. The flavors of the mozzarella need to be creamy and light, so using the milk from Wisconsin cows makes all the difference. I've paired the cheese with some Applewood smoked bacon, fresh red leaf lettuce and ripe beefsteak tomatoes.
-- Scott C. Anderson is associate food service director and chef with Shepherd University dining services in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Chef Ambassador to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.