William Wirt Bloss(1831 - 1892)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 108th New York Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A printer by trade, he had gone West and was in Levenworth, Kansas in about 1854. He was shot and wounded there during the fighting over the issue of slavery and returned to Rochester to recover. He was later editor of the Rochester Evening Express. He helped recruit and was appointed First Lieutenant, Company A, 108th New York Infantry in July 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.
"The color guard had been almost annihilated ... Colonel Palmer ordered Bloss to make a detail from Company A and come to the support of the colors ... The colors were steadilv advanced until [Sergeant] Goff fell, pierced by a ball in the forehead, and every member of the guard was wounded. Bloss ihrust the color lance in the ground, and throwing himself upon his side and leaning upon his left arm, supported the colors with his right".
The remainder of the War:
He was discharged for wounds in March 1863. He returned to journalism, briefly in New York, then back out in Kansas. In 1864 he was appointed Captain on the staff of General G.W. Deitzler (Kansas Militia) and saw action at the battle of Westport, MO. He was honored by Brevet to Major for his War service.
After the War:
After the War he operated newspapers in New York, Kansas and by about 1880 in Chicago, IL.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of New York1. Thanks to Devan Sommerville for scrubbing through the Report and extracting and transcribing the roster data for AotW. Additional details and the quote above from Washburn2.
|Birth Date: 03/25/1831 Place of Birth: Rochester, NY |
Death Date: 09/03/1892 Death Place: Woodland Park, IL
1 State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 34 (for the year 1903) [AotW citation 9044]
2 Washburn, George H., A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Vols., Rochester (NY): Press of E.R. Andrews, 1894, pp. 225 - 226, 462 - 463 [AotW citation 9047]
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