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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