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

Zenas Randall Bliss

  • Rank: Colonel (Highest Rank: Major General)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    7th Rhode Island Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 13, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
This officer, to encourage his regiment which had never before been in action and which had been ordered to lie down to protect itself from the enemy's fire, rose to his feet, advanced in front of the line, and himself fired several shots at the enemy at short range, being fully exposed to their fire at the time.
Medal of Honor Recipient Zenas R. Bliss
Medal of Honor Recipient Zenas R. Bliss
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: December 30, 1898
  • Born: April 17, 1835, Johnston, Providence County, RI, United States
  • Died: January 2, 1900, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (1-8-B), Arlington, VA, United States

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