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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1811

Vol. I

(Born N. H.)

John Bliss​a

(Ap'd N. H.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Mar. 8, 1808, to Mar. 1, 1811, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Ensign, 2d Infantry, Mar. 1, 1811.

Served: on frontier duty in the Gulf States, 1811‑12; and in the War

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, Mar. 1, 1811)

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, Jan. 10, 1813, to May 30, 1814)

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., Apr. 25, 1813)

1812‑15 with Great Britain, on Quartermaster duty.

Disbanded, June 15, 1815.

Civil History. — Merchant, Whitehall, N. Y., 1815‑18. Employed,  p100 by U. S. Engineer Department, in the construction of the defenses of Mobile Point, Ala., 1818‑22. Sutler at Mobile Point, Ala., 1822.

Died, Dec. 6, 1822, at Mobile Point, Ala.: Aged 36.

Thayer's Note:

a As can be seen from this summary of his career, the subject of this entry should not be confused with John Bliss, of the same time period, Commandant of Cadets to such ill effect. For the tyrannical rule of Commandant Bliss and the Ragland court-martial, see instead J. H. B. Latrobe, Reminiscences of West Point, pp10‑11 and Elizabeth Waugh, West Point, pp71‑72.

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