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B.F. Blakeslee
B.F. Blakeslee

Federal (USV)


Bernard Franklin Blakeslee

(1843 - 1895)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Hartford, he enlisted in Company A, 16th Connecticut Infantry, and mustered as Corporal on 15 July 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in the head in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He was wounded again in the head in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1863. He was promoted to Lieutenant, Company G, in 1864. He was captured at Plymouth, NC on 20 April 1864 and held at Camp Oglethorpe, GA, Savannah, GA, the Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC and at Camp Sorghum, SC. He escaped with a group of officers on 3 November 1864 and got to Union forces on the Atlantic; rescued by USS Canandaigua on 11 November. He was with his Company to the end of the War and mustered out on 24 June 1865.

After the War:
He was a stockbroker and government official in Hartford. He was admitted to the Retreat for the Insane, Hartford in 1891, and died there in 1895.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service information from Ingersoll.1 His presence at Antietam from his own History of the Sixteenth Connecticut Volunteers (1875). Details from a 2016 article by Scott Valentine in Military Images, source also of his picture, from a photo in the author's collection. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth Date: 09/02/1843    Place of Birth: Southington, CT    
Death Date: 04/25/1895    Death Place: Hartford, CT    Burial Place: Fairview Cemetery, New Britain, CT


1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 644  [AotW citation 15773]

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