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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

George Newman Bliss

  • Rank: Captain
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    1st Rhode Island Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 28, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
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.
Medal of Honor Recipient George N. Bliss
Medal of Honor Recipient George N. Bliss
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 3, 1897
  • Born: July 22, 1837, Tiverton, Newport County, RI, United States
  • Died: August 29, 1928
  • Buried: Lakeside Cemetery (MH), Rumford, RI, United States

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