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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Matthew M. Blunt

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Aug. 13, 1830, New York, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1849, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1853.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1852‑55;

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Sep. 30, 1853)

at the Military Academy, 1855‑59, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics,

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Mar. 31, 1855)

Sep. 29, 1855, to Aug. 31, 1859, — and Principal Asst. Professor, Sep. 2 to Nov. 3, 1859; and in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1859‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Defense

(Captain, 12th Infantry, May 14, 1861)

of Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, Fla., Jan. 17 to Sep. 13, 1861, — and of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Sep. 13, 1861, to Feb. 21, 1862, being engaged in its Bombardments, Nov. 22‑23, 1861, and Jan. 1, 1862;​b in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, where he was wounded, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign,

(Bvt. Major, July 1, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Battle of Malvern Hill, Va.)

Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged, in command of Regiment, at the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged, in command of Regiment, in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to July, 1863, being engaged, in command of Regiment, in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — and Battle of Chancellorsville,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Dec. 13, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.)

May 2‑4, 1863; on sick leave of absence, July 6 to Aug. 20,  p527 1863; as Superintendent of Regimental Recruiting Service, Aug. 20, 1863, to May 10, 1864; in command of Provisional Regiment at Belle Plain and Port Royal, Va., May 10 to June 6, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June 6 to July 26, 1864, being engaged in the Assaults of Petersburg, June 17‑18, 1864, — and Siege of Petersburg, June 18 to July 26, 1864; on sick leave of absence, July 26

(Bvt. Colonel, June 19, 1864, for Gallant and Meritorious Services in Front of Petersburg, Va.)

to Oct. 1, 1864; on Mustering duty at Elmira, N. Y., Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 1864; as Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer for the State of Delaware, Nov. 1, 1864, to Oct., 1865; and in command of Regiment, at Tallahassee,

(Major, 7th Infantry, July 30, 1865)

Fla., Oct., 1865, to Jan., 1866.

Served: in command of Battalion, Jan., 1866, to May, 1867, and as Acting Assistant Inspector-General of the Department of Florida, Feb. 1, 1866, to May, 1867; in command of Ft. Marion, Fla., to Aug., 1868, — Jacksonville, Fla., to Oct. 14, 1868, — and Ft. Brooke, Fla., Nov., 1868, to Mar. 29, 1869; on leave of absence to July, 1869; as Acting Assistant

(Transferred to 14th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1869)

Inspector-General of the Department of the Cumberland, July 26, 1869, to Apr. 26, 1870; in command of regiment at Sioux City, Ia., and Ft. Randall, Dak., to Jan. 29, 1870; on Court Martial at St. Paul, Min., to Sep., 1870; on frontier duty at Ft. Sanders, Wy., Sep. 2, 1870, to Mar., 1871, — and Ft. Laramie, Wy., to June, 1871; in command of Governor's Island Recruiting Depot, N. Y., June 20, 1871, to Feb. 19, 1873; on leave of absence, to May, 1873; on frontier duty at Ft. Laramie, Wy., May 17, 1873, to Aug., 1874, — Camp Douglas, Utah, Aug., to Nov. 21,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 25th Infantry, Oct. 7, 1874)

1874, — Ft. Sill, I. T., and San Antonio, Tex., Feb.‑Mar., 1875, — and Ft. Stockton, Tex., to Aug. 25, 1875; on Court Martial at Ft. Brown, Tex., to Oct. 12, 1875; on leave of absence, Oct. 12, 1875, to Oct. 11, 1876; on Courts Martial in Texas, Nov. 19, 1876, to Mar. 6, 1877; on frontier duty at Ft. Stockton, Tex., Mar., 1877, to Apr. 14, 1878; on leave of absence to Nov. 10, 1878; on Court Martial at San Antonio, Tex., Nov. 10, 1878, to Jan. 18, 1879; in command of Ft. Stockton, Tex. (witness before Court Martial, at San Antonio, Tex., June 1 to Aug. 29, 1879), to June 27, 1880; at Ft. Hale, Dak. (witness before Court Martial at Ft. McKavett, Tex., July 19 to Sep. 8, 1880, and on leave of absence, Sep. 25 to Oct. 26, 1880), to Apr. 8, 1881; on Court-martial duty at Ft. Custer and Missoula, Mon., to Aug. 2, 1881; on leave of absence, to Dec. 1, 1881; in command of Ft. Hale, Dak., to Nov. 21, 1882, — and Ft. Snelling, Min. (on leave of absence, Dec. 14, 1882, to Jan. 14, 1883), to July 7, 1883;

(Colonel, 16th Infantry, July 3, 1883)

on Court-martial duty at St. Paul, Min., to Aug., 1883; in command of regiment and Ft. Concho, Tex., Sep. 3, 1883 (on leave of absence, Oct. 15 to Nov. 30, 1884, July 6 to Sep. 5, 1885, and Nov. 16 to Dec. 23, 1886), to Feb. 16, 1887, — of Ft. Bliss, Tex., to May 26, 1888, — of Ft. Douglas, Utah (leave of absence, Oct. 16 to Dec. 10, 1888), to –––––.

Civil History. — Degree of A. M. conferred by Columbia College, N. Y., 1856.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Colonel 16th Infantry, Commanding Fort Douglas, Utah, until Aug. 13, 1894.

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age, Aug. 13, 1894.

— Post-office address, Park Avenue Hotel, New York City.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, New York City.

Died, May 14, 1907, in Brooklyn, N. Y.: Aged 77.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1908, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Blunt's birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b The fort, deep in Southern territory, held out for the duration of the war; strategically commanding the Gulf of Mexico. The details of the contest in the early months of the war are interesting: "Civil War Operations in and around Pensacola" (FlaHQ 36:125‑165).

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