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BLANCHARD, Albert G., soldier, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1810. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1829, and served on frontier duty and recruiting service until I October 1840, when he resigned, with the rank of first lieutenant. From 1840 till 1846 he was a merchant at New Orleans, La., and was director of public schools there from 1843 till 1845. During the Mexican war he served as captain of Louisiana volunteers, being at the battle of Monterey and the siege of Vera Cruz, and he re-entered the regular army on 27 Nay, 1847, as major of the 12th infantry, serving till 25 July 1848. After teaching in the New Orleans public schools he became a surveyor, and was afterward connected with several railroad companies. At the beginning of the civil war, in 1861, he was made a Brigadier-General in the confederate army, and on 29 February 1862, issued from Norfolk, Virginia, an order that became quite celebrated, urging the inhabitants to fire at the national army from behind trees, and obstruct its passage in every possible way. Since the war, General Blanchard has been a civil engineer and surveyor in New Orleans.
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