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About Gen. George Bliss, Medal of Honor
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.
George Newman Bliss was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island on July 22, 1837, the son of James and Sarah (Stafford) Bliss. He attended Brown University, secured a bachelor’s degree from Union College, and earned a law degree from Albany Law School in 1861.
Capt. Bliss fought three years in the war and was a successful leader. Besides his duties as captain of Company C; Bliss spent time in the conscription camps to help recruit new soldiers after the great losses the Union Army suffered after the campaigns of 1863. Bliss remained in the conscription camps from the summer of 1863 to April 1864, where he took part in recruiting black soldiers to the army and reenlisting veterans, like himself, who had already served their three years. By the fall of 1864, Bliss had returned to active duty with the First Regiment of Rhode Island Cavalry and although he was tired and weary of the ongoing war, he was willing to continue fighting for as long as it took rather that submitting to a dishonorable peace.
In September 1864, while on duty in the Shenandoah Valley, Bliss was captured by Confederate soldiers and spent the following four months imprisoned at Libby Prison in Richmond, Va. On 5 February 1865, Bliss and other Union soldiers who were held as hostages were exchanged for Confederate soldiers and were released from Libby Prison. Following his release, Bliss was placed on light duty as president of a court martial in Annapolis, Md. On 15 May 1865, Capt. George N. Bliss mustered out of service and made plans to enter the law profession now that the war had ended.
Following the end of the Civil War, Bliss settled down in East Providence, R.I. where he worked as a lawyer and served as Superintendent of East Providence schools. He remained active in Civil War veterans affairs and was named Major of the First Battalion of Cavalry of the Rhode Island Militia in October 1879. Bliss wrote prolifically about the Civil War and his experiences, particularly his internment in Libby Prison and he read a number of his articles to the Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors Historical Society. Bliss also attended the Great Reunion of 1913 at Gettysburg, which was the largest reunion of Civil War veterans from both the Union and the Confederacy with over 50,000 veterans in attendance.
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Lakeside - Carpenter Cemetery East Providence Providence County Rhode Island