|Death: ||Feb. 13, 1941|
New York, USA
From "Martville, New York Facts, News and Gossip" by Dorothy A. Hudson
"William Blaisdell, Cayuga's Last Civil War Veteran Dead
Grand Old Warrior Succumbs at 94 After Illness Of Few Weeks
William L. Blaisdell, Cayuga's last surviving Veteran of the Civil War is dead.
The end came Tuesday at his home in Martville after a few weeks illness. He was 94 last fall.
The death was not the result of any disease but the result of a general wearing down. He was worn out.
The grand old soldier was a fighter to the end. He did not know what the word defeat meant. Every day during his last illness, up to about ten days ago, he insisted on getting up and dressing and sitting in his favorite chair.
He loved to play the violin and frequently amused himself in this way.
Probably no man was better known in Cayuga County than Mr. Blaisdell. He was a familiar figure at meetings of a patriotic nature throughout the county and he frequently attended other gatherings as a guest of honor. He was a friendly spirit and his friends were legend.
Mr. Blaisdell served with the Ninth New York Heavy Artillery in the battles of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 and witnessed the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's Army at Appomattox Court House.
Memorial Day 1939, then 93 years of age, Mr. Blaisdell took park in the Memorial Day exercises held in Auburn. He was the last remaining member of the G.A.R. in Cayuga County and one of the last two survivors in the country of the Civil War. In this last appearance he led the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and the audience was amazed at the strength of his voice.
Hours of hard work was the rule by which he lived. Starting at age 15 he was co-inventor of an early type machine gun. Along with this he worked in a carriage shop. He operated a crate factory in Martville where farmers in that locality always purchased crates for farm use and later, occasion demanding, he began the manufacture of lettuce crates. However his chief source of pleasure as well as revenue came from making toys. Many a child's heart has gladdened by the toys which he so skillfully manufactured.
Mr. Blaisdell was a regular attendant of the Martville Pentecostal Church. His life was ever an example of the true Christian.
Funeral services will be held from his home in Martville Village, Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Edgar Sabin of Martville Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Martville Cemetery."
Ella L. Blaisdell (1848 - 1908)
Co. G., 9th NY H. Art.
New York, USA
Created by: Deb Bernard
Record added: Oct 26, 2008
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