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Federal (USV)


Colburn Blake

(? - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Oshkosh, he enlisted in Company B, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 21 April 1861. He was appointed Sergeant, then First Sergeant (dates not given).

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Oct. 20 [1862] A pleasant morning. Cool & windy. I went to church in morning listened to a sermon by Mr. Muller, (our minister this year) from Col. 3 ch. 2 3 & 4 vs. It was a good sermon. Mr. Fellows preaches Dr. Blake's son's funeral sermon this afternoon at two o'clock. He was either killed in battle or died from his wounds afterwards. Thus they go from earth, are sacrificed on the altar of their country. [Colburn Blake ... His obituary listed him as a "son of Oshkosh." He was survived by his widow and other members of his family.]

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. The quote above from a diary of Nancy C. Derby, in the Collection at the Oshkosh Public Museum. He was possibly the son of Dr. J.B and Elizabeth M. Blake.


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 407 - 409  [AotW citation 15147]