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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1822

Vol. I

(Born N. H.)

Horace Bliss

(Ap'd N. H.)


Born May 24, 1802, Haverhill, NH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Oct. 1, 1817, to July 1, 1822, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1822.

Served: on Ordnance duty, Sep. 13, 1822, to Nov. 15, 1823; in garrison at St. Augustine, Fla., 1824, — and Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1824‑26; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Jan. 29 to June 22, 1826; in garrison at Savannah, Ga.,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Dec. 31, 1827)

1826‑27, — Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1827‑28, — and Ft. McHenry, Md., 1828‑32; in the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​b on Ordnance duty, Jan. 1 to Mar. 18, 1833; and on Engineer duty, Mar. 18, 1833, to Aug. 6, 1835.

Resigned, June 10, 1836.

Civil History. — Asst. Engineer, Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad, 1836‑37. Civil Engineer in the service of the United States, superintending improvement of the Navigation of Mississippi River at Des Moines Rapids, 1838‑39;​c and of the Harbor of Presque Isle, Erie, Pa., 1843. Asst. Engineer, Ohio Railroad, 1845; and of Columbia and Greenville Railroad, S. C., 1847‑51. Chief Engineer, Delaware Railroad, 1852. Engineer of the Government of Chili, South America, in charge of public works, 1853 to 1857.

Died, Nov. 7, 1878, at Baltimore, Md.: Aged 76.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1879, for an obituary notice.º

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Bliss's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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c At Des Moines Rapids, Bliss worked for Capt. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Robert E. Lee; he is mentioned in Freeman's biography of Lee, and we get an idea of the work, I.150, 172, 175‑176.

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