John W. Blunt

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John W. Blunt
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Born (1840-05-18)May 18, 1840
Columbia County, New York
Died January 21, 1910(1910-01-21) (aged 69)
New York
Place of burial Chatham Rural Cemetery, Chatham, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Captain
Brevet Major
Unit 6th New York Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Cedar Creek
Awards Medal of Honor

John W. Blunt (May 5, 1840 – January 21, 1910) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Cedar Creek fought near Middletown, Virginia on October 19, 1864. The battle was the decisive engagement of Major General Philip Sheridan’s Valley Campaigns of 1864 and was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley.

Blunt enlisted in the Army from Chatham, New York in October 1861, and was assigned to the 6th New York Cavalry. He was commissioned as an officer in November 1862. [1] He transferred to the 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry in June 1865, and mustered out with this regiment in August. [2]

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“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant John W. Blunt, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with Company K, 6th New York Cavalry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia. First Lieutenant Blunt voluntarily led a charge across a narrow bridge over the creek, against the lines of the enemy.”

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