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George N. Bliss
Born (1837-07-22)July 22, 1837
Died August 29, 1928(1928-08-29) (aged 91)
Place of birth Tiverton, Rhode Island
Place of death East Providence, Rhode Island
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service September 1861 to 15 May 1865
Rank Captain
Unit Rhode Island Company C, 1st Rhode Island Cavalry
Battles/wars Battle of Waynesboro
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Captain George N. Bliss (22 July 1837 to 29 August 1928) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Bliss received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Waynesboro in Virginia on 28 September 1864.[1] He was honored with the award on 3 August 1897.[2]

BiographyEdit

Bliss was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island on 22 July 1837 to James Leonard and Sarah A. Bliss née Stafford. Before the war Bliss completed his law degree at Albany Law School in May 1861 and was called to the bar in New York.[3] That same year he enlisted into the Company B of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry.[2] The following year he was promoted to captain of Company C. He participated in several Civil War battles including the Battle of Second Bull Run, the Battle of Middleburg within the Gettysburg campaign and the First Battle of Deep Bottom as part of the Siege of Petersburg. It was during the Battle of Waynesboro in September 1864 when he was on duty in the Shenandoah Valley that he performed the act of gallantry that resulted in his capture by Confederate soldiers and earned him his Medal of Honor award after his release from Libby Prison on 5 February 1865.[3]

Bliss mustered out of the army in 1865, following the conclusion of the war. He subsequently married Fanny Amelia Carpenter with whom he had five children. He died on 29 August 1928 in East Providence, Rhode Island.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

While in command of the provost guard in the village, he saw the Union lines returning before the attack of a greatly superior force of the enemy, mustered his guard, and, without orders, joined in the defense and charged the enemy without support. He received three saber wounds, his horse was shot, and he was taken prisoner.[2]

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