Saturday, October 8, 2011

Edward A. Blakeley

CAPT. EDWARD A. BLAKELEY came to Kansas in April, 1868, and was employed by C. W. Goodlander as a carpenter for eighteen months succeeding his arrival. He then had charge of teams for Mr. Clough (who was Street Commissioner) until 1873, when he became engaged in the transfer business for himself, in which he has continued since. He was born in Syracuse, Onondaga Co., N. Y., December 24, 1840, and lived there until he came to Kansas with the exception of four years' service in the Union Army. He enlisted as a private May 16, 1861, in Company G, Eighty-first New York Volunteer Veteran Infantry, and served in the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac until September 16, 1865, participating in all the battles of his command. He was fireman on the N. Y. C. R. R. five years and engineer two and a half years on the same road after the war until he came to Kansas. He is a merchant by trade; he was married at Syracuse, N. Y., October 4, 1872, to Martha A. Mortimer, a native of Virginia. They have three children--Edward S., Arthur R. and Everett H. Capt. Blakely sic is a member of the A. O. U. W., I. O. O. F. and G. A. R., Grand Legion, and Captain of Company F, First Regiment of the Kansas National Guards.

Service Record.

BLAKELEY, EDWARD A.—Age, 22 years. Enrolled, September 12,1861, at Syracuse, to serve tbree years; mustered in as sergeant, Co. G, September 16, 1861; re-enlisted as a veteran, January 1, 1864; wounded in action, September 30,1864,at Chaffin's Farm, Va.; mustered in as first lieutenant, September 22, 1864; as captain, January 28, 1865; mustered out with company, August 31, 1865, at Fort Monroe, Va. Commisioned first Lieutenant, November 30, 1864, witb rank from September 20, 1864, vice G. C. Smith promoted; captain,March 14, 1865, with rank from January 28, 1865.

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