|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1815|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1864|
William Blaisdell was born at Alexandria, New Hampshire, November 15, 1815, an eighth-generation descendant of Ralph Blaisdell, who landed at Pemaquid Point, Maine in 1635. He enlisted in the 4th U.S. Infantry in 1833, served with Ulysses Grant in the Mexican War. When the war began, Blaisdell was working as inspector of the Boston Custom House. He was offered a captaincy in the U.S. Army by General Winfield Scott, but decided to join the 11th Massachusetts as Lieut. Colonel. Blaisdell assumed command of the regiment when Colonel Clark resigned in October 1861. He commanded the 11th (with occasional stints at the head of the brigade) until mid-1864, when he was promoted to brigade command. Less than a week after his promotion he fell victim to a Confederate sharpshooter in the entrenchments at Petersburg, as reported by Sergeant Gustavus Hutchinson:
On June 23 Col. William Blaisdell was killed, being at the time on detached duty in command of the Corcoran Legion, Irish Brigade. While directing the contruction of earthworks, he was dismounted, standing upon the raised mound of earth which subsequently became a portion of the main works of the Union army. While thus exposed, he was picked off by a rebel sharpshooter from the window of a house within the enemy's lines. His negro orderly crawled out under fire and brought his body back but life was extinct.
Front: WILLIAM BLAISDELL Brevet Brig. Gen. U.S. Vols. born at Alexandria, N.H. Nov. 15, 1815 killed in action near Petersburg, Va. June 23, 1864 while in command of the Corcoran Legion.
Left Side: Enlisted in 4th Regt. U.S. Infantry in 1833 Commissioned Lieut. Col. 11th. Regt. Mass. Vols. Oct.11, 1861 Col. 11th Regt. Mass. Vols. Oct. 11, 1861 Brevetted Brig. Gen. Vols. "for gallant and distinguished conduct" June 23, 1864 the first officer so honored during the Great Rebellion.
Right Side: A brave Soldier. A worthy citizen, an affectionate Father and kind husband and a sincere friend, a faithful patriot and an honest, upright man.
Blaisdell had a son, Willie, and a daughter, Emma, also buried here. Willie died at age nine in 1859. Emma died on 30 July 1884. The grave of Mary, his wife, was not found here. Presumably she remarried and is interred with her second husband.
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Gregory Spesh
Record added: Jan 25, 2006
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