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Federal (USV)


Christopher Columbus Blake

(1840 - 1917)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

Age 21, from Mt. Vernon, NH, he enlisted as Private, Company G, 2nd US Sharpshooters on 9 November 1861 and mustered on 12 December.

On the Campaign

He was wounded on the top of his head in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD and discharged for wounds on 21 November 1862.

After the War

By 1870 he was a lawyer in Ottumwa, Iowa and went to Illinois soon afterward. He was practicing in Decatur, IL, in 1880. He ran The Future, a newspaper about predicting weather with "astronomical mathematics" in Topeka/Richland, KS by 1886, and was a lawyer in Boulder, CO in 1900. By 1910 he had retired and was living with his daughter Lalla Etta and her family in Clinton, Douglas County, KS.

He was still publishing weather predictions to at least 1912.

References & notes

Casualty details from Nelson.1 His service from Ayling.2 Personal details from a sketch in the Maine Historical Magazine (Vol. II, July 1886-June 1887), family genealogists, and the US Census of 1870-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Rachael Alice Ellen "Rae" Beam (1840-1907) in Iowa in 1865 and they had 9 children between 1867 and 1881.

More on the Web

He got a new US Government headstone in 2011. The story is online in the Laurence (KS) Journal-World.


02/06/1840; Brewer (or Holden), ME


02/03/1917; burial in Stull Cemetery, Stull, Douglas County, KS


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 133  [AotW citation 16449]

2   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, Vol. 2, pg. 976  [AotW citation 25035]