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Civil War Soldiers - Blunt

Blunt, James G., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in Hancock county, Me., in 1826. From the time he was fifteen until his twentieth year he spent on the sea, then studied medicine, was graduated in 1849 from the Starling medical college, Columbus, O., and practiced medicine in Ohio until 1856, when he settled in Anderson county, Kan. In Kansas he soon became prominent in politics, used his influence against the introduction of slavery, and was a member of the state constitutional convention. Entering the army in July, 1861, as lieutenant-colonel of the 3d Kan. volunteers, he commanded the cavalry in Gen. James Lane's brigade, and on April 8, 1862, was made brigadier-general and given command of the military Department of Kansas. His troops routed the Confederates in the battle of Old Fort Wayne, Oct. 22, 1862, again at Cane hill, Ark., on Nov. 28, 1862, and on Dec. 7 of that year he met and defeated, with the aid of Gen. Herron, the Confederates under Hindman at Prairie Grove, checking thereby the advance of the Southern troops into Missouri. On Dec. 28, he captured Fort Van Buren. He was promoted to major-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862, and in June, 1863, being relieved of command of the Department of Kansas, he took the field with the Army of the Frontier. He defeated Gen. Cooper at Honey Springs, July 16, 1863, and in Oct., 1864, aided by Sanborn's cavalry, he met the Confederates at Newtonia, Mo., and there dealt the final blow to Price's invasion of Missouri. During the latter part of the war he was military commandant of the district of south Kansas. He was mustered out of the service, July 29, 1865, and settled at Leavenworth, Kan. He died in Washington, D. C, in 1881.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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