|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1786|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1876|
From K L Bonnett:
War of 1812 Veteran
Captain Cain's Company
27th US Infantry
Civil War Veteran
Co B 37th Iowa Infantry
"The Greybeard Regiment"
Blake, Nehemiah. Age 77. Residence Wapello, nativity Maine. Enlisted Sept. 16, 1862. Mustered Nov. 6, 1862. Discharged for disability May 21, 1863, St. Louis, Mo.
The Greybeard Regiment has a unique place in history. It was the only regiment made up of men over the enlistment or draft age which at that time was 45. All were volunteers...some as old as 80 years. Its purpose was to guard prisons and arsenals to free young men for battle however it did see action when guarding supply trains and defending Memphis,TN during a surprise attack from the infamous cavalry of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Henry Clay Blake (1819 - 1876)*
Permelia Blake Willson (1831 - 1897)*
Maintained by: The Genealogy Genie
Originally Created by: Connie
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
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