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BLAKE, George A. H., soldier, born in Pennsylvania in September 1812 ; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 27 October 1884. He became lieutenant in the 2d dragoons 11 June 1836, was made captain in December 1839, and was in the actions with the Seminoles at Fort Miller and Jupiter inlet, in 1841. During the Mexican war, in 1846-'7, he was in the battles at Cerro Gordo, Puebla, Contreras, Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and the city of Mexico, and was brevetted major for gallant conduct at St. Augustine, Mexico. In July 1850, he became major of the 1st dragoons, and served against the Apache and Navajo Indians. In May 1861, he was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st United States cavalry, and colonel on 15 February 1862. He took part in the battle of Gaines's Mill, 27 June 1862, where he was slightly wounded, and was also in the actions at Aldie, Middletown, Upperville, and at Gettysburg, where he distinguished himself. He was afterward chief commissary of musters for the department of Virginia, and in the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac. On 13 March 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier-General United States A. for his services at Gettysburg. From February 1865, till March 1866, he was member of a military commission at Washington, and afterward commander at Fort Vancouver, Washington territory. On 15 December 1870, he was retired.
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