Blodgett, George M.
Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Service: MIDS, USN, 10/3/51,[College: USNA]
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Birth: 1837, Vermont
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 71222314
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
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George M. Blodgett
George M. Blodgett, a native of Huntington, Vt., but residing in Burlington, Vt., was appointed Acting Midshipman on October 3, 1851, and was promoted to Midshipman on June 30, 1856, and Passed Midshipman on April 29, 1950.
He was promoted to Master on September 5, 1859, and served on the sloop of war John Adams in the East India Squadron.
He was promoted Lieutenant on February 3, 1861, and was gunnery instructor at Portsmouth Navy Yard when the war broke out.
Brigadier General U. S. Grant is credited with capturing two strategic forts in the western theater in early 1862, but he could not have done it without the Navy. As a matter of fact, the Navy captured Fort Henry before Grant's troops even arrived! The side-wheel steamer Conestoga, Lieutenant commanding George M. Blodgett, participated in Commodore Foote's capture of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, and Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River between February 6 and 13, 1862.
On June 17, four vessels under command of Commander A. H. Kilty, including Blodgett's Conestoga, attacked two batteries at St. Charles, on the White River, ; the gunboats captured the first battery, and troops from the 46th Indiana Infantry, carried on Conestoga, captured the second. As a result of this engagement, Lieutenant W. McGunnegle, commanding the gunboat St. Louis, reported that Lieutenant Shirk of the gunboat Lexington) and Lieutenant Blodgett "rendered every assistance in the power of men. For their skill and bravery in action and the energy displayed by them to assist the wounded [of the gunship Mound City], they are deserving of the highest honors."
Lieutenant Blodgett died of disease at Cairo, Ill., November 6, 1862.
Sources: Peck, 690; Callahan; Benedict, 2:795; Knox, 235; Hemenway i:477; Neeser, ii:118-9; National Almanac, 109; ORN 34:167; Slagle, 245-247.