Buckwheat is an African slave delivered to Mississippi during the American Civil War. His real name is unknown, but when he's overlooked by the overseer, he befriends General Spanky and is taken by him to live safely at Valient Mansion. The two of them and several local boys form Spanky's Confederates, a kiddie army to defend the residence.
It's unconfirmed if Buckwheat is an ancestor of the 1930s-1940s Buckwheat Thomas.
Buckwheat was played by William Thomas Jr..