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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1833

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Jacob E. Blake

(Ap'd Pa.)


Jacob Edmund Blake: Born Jan. 17, 1812.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1829, to July 1, 1833, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1833.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1833‑34; at the Military Academy, as Quartermaster, May 25, 1835, to July 29, 1836; in the

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 31, 1836)

Subsistence Department at Washington, D. C., July 14, 1836, to Nov., 1837; and in the Adjutant-General's Office, Nov., 1837, to July 7, 1838;

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, Sep. 6, 1837)

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 7, 1838)

 p559  as Asst. Top. Engineer in the Florida War, 1838‑39, — in construction of Harbors at the East End of Lake Erie, 1839‑41, — on Survey of Boundary between the United States and Texas, 1841, — on Reconnoissance of the approaches to New Orleans, for defensive purposes, 1841‑42, — and on the Staff of General Worth, in Florida, 1842‑44; in charge of Surveys and Improvements in Florida Territory, 1844‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46, — and in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, where he was highly distinguished for a daring reconnoissance of the enemy's position, after which, by the accidental discharge of his own pistol, he was

Killed, May 9, 1846, at Palo Alto, Tex.: Aged 34.

Buried, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

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