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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Albert T. Bledsoe

(Ap'd Ky.)


Albert Taylor Bledsoe: Born Nov. 9, 1809, Frankfort, KY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1825, to July 1, 1830, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1830.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1831‑32.

Resigned, Aug. 31, 1832.

Civil History. — Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, and Teacher of the French Language, in Kenyon College, O., 1833‑34; and Professor of Mathematics in Miami University, O., 1835‑36. Author of an "Examination of Edwards on the Will," 1845; and contributor to the principal literary, scientific, and theological Reviews of the United States. Counselor at Law, Springfield, Ill., 1840‑48. Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in the University of Mississippi, 1848‑54. Professor of  p457 Mathematics in the University of Virginia, 1854‑61. Author of "A Theodicy; or, Vindication of the Divine Glory," 1856; and an "Essay on Liberty and Slavery," 1857.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Editor of the "Southern Review," 1865‑77. Clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1866‑68; and of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1871‑77. Author of "The Philosophy of Mathematics," 1865; and of "Is Davis a Traitor? Was Secession a Constitutional right previous to the War of 1861?" Degree of LL. D., conferred by the University of Virginia, 18–––.

Died, Dec. 8, 1877, at Baltimore, Md.: Aged 69.

Buried, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.

Thayer's Note:

a As with others who served the Confederacy, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he initially joined the Army as a Colonel, but, according to Adrian Rice, "Bledsoe was soon appointed assistant secretary of war by Jefferson Davis and so saw little action on the battlefield. He was sent to London for the purpose of researching various historical problems relating to the North-South conflict, as well as guiding British public opinion in favor of the Confederate cause." (See Rice's full biographical sketch, and other material, at Prof. Rickey's site)

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