|Robert M. Blair|
|Died||1899 (aged 62–63)|
|Place of birth||Peacham, Vermont|
|Place of death||Enid, Oklahoma|
|Place of burial||Enid Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma|
United States of America|
United States Navy|
|Unit||USS Pontoosuc (1864)|
American Civil War|
• Second Battle of Fort Fisher
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Blair volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Union side-wheel gunboat USS Pontoosuc (1864). His enlistment is credited to the state of Maine.
On January 15, 1865, the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. Blair was exposed to enemy fire while serving on the deck of the Pontoosuc.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Boatswain's Mate Robert M. Blair, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, North Carolina, 24 December 1864 to 22 January 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully throughout this period, Boatswain's Mate Blair was recommended for gallantry and skill and for his cool courage while under the fire of the enemy throughout these actions.General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (June 22, 1865)
Action Date: January 15, 1865
Rank: Boatswain's Mate
Division: U.S.S. Pontoosuc
- List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: A–F
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Second Battle of Fort Fisher
- "Robert M. Blair". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2770. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Robert M. Blair". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6403985. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
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