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BLISS, ZENAS

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This officer, to encourage his regiment which had never before been in action and which had been ordered to lie down to protect itself from the enemy's fire, rose to his feet, advanced in front of the line, and himself fired several shots at the enemy at short range, being fully exposed to their fire at the time.

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Service

Rank

Division

U.S. Army Colonel (highest rank: Major General) 7th Rhode Island Infantry

Conflict

Year of honor

born

Civil War 1862 Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island

Citation

This officer, to encourage his regiment which had never before been in action and which had been ordered to lie down to protect itself from the enemy's fire, rose to his feet, advanced in front of the line, and himself fired several shots at the enemy at short range, being fully exposed to their fire at the time.