Sgt James Henderson Bliss
James Henderson Bliss name: Bliss, James Henderson
Rank: Sgt 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. F, 13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 9/21/1861 - 11/24/1865
Birth: 1838 Jefferson, New York
Death: 2/4/1915
Notes: Son of James H Bliss and Julia Coffin. Married Lois Gleave 9 Aug 1868 
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Janeville Gazette
May 17, 1898

Mrs. James Bliss died this morning at her home in the town of Rock. She was fifty-three years of age. Born in England, Mrs.Bliss came to this country when three years of age and settled in thetown of Porter. Besides a husband, four children survive her, Phillip R. of Oregon; Orville of Chicago; Jay H. of Oregon, and Alice O. of the town of Rock. She also left three brothers, Thomas Gleave of Evansville; James Gleave of Virginia, and Phillip Gleave of Oregon.

James H Bliss has been a hard-working and upright man all his life, and whatever he has undertaken has been wrought with painstaking fidelity. At the very beginning of his young manhood he gave long and faithful service to the preservation of the National Union; and, while he played a humble part in the great war for liberty, it was the modest and heroic devotion to duty on his part and of millions like him that made this the golden age of the Republic. He is now somewhat advanced in life, but is still hale and hearty, and bears himself like a strong and vigorous man.
Bliss, both natives of the State of New York. They were the parents of four children, two of whom are now living: James H. and Horace R., of Chicago. One of the deceased was named Julius. The father, who was a carpenter and cabinet maker, came to Roscoe, Ill., in the fall of 1853. Four years later he moved to Beloit, Wis., and engaged in cabinet making, and some years later he moved to Janesville and secured a position in the Northwestern shops, where he worked until a short time before his death, in 1871, at the age of fifty-six years. His wife survived him many years, and passed away in 1887. She was a Methodist. He was a soldier in the Union army, having enlisted as a member of Company E, 3d Wis. V.C., under command of Col. Bristow. The worst injury he received in the service was in a battle in Missouri. His father was born in England, and coming to this country settled in New York, where he died. Isaac Coffin, the father of Julia Coffin, was native to the soil of New York. He had four sons and four daughters.

James H. Bliss was reared to manhood in New York, where he attended the public schools, and acquired a substantial and useful education. At the breaking out of the Civil war he was quick to respond to the call for soldiers, and, enlisting in Company F, 13th Wis. V.I., served four years and three months, proving himself a loyal and gallant defender of the flag. He was a private the greater part of the time, but before the completion of his enlistment was appointed sergeant. When he had done with war and its horrors he returned to civil life, and for a time was engaged in building bridges. He had a freight transfer wagon in Janesville, and did a teaming business in that city for fifteen years, in 1875 buying the farm of ninety-three acres on which he is now living. Three years later he left the city, and locating his family on this farm, has since devoted himself to its cultivation. Though not large, it has proved exceedingly productive.

Mr. Bliss and Miss Louis G Gleave, a daughter of James and Alice (Houghton) Gleave, were married Aug. 9, 1868. They had four children: Philip R., Orville J., Jay H., and Alice O. Philip R. married Lulu E. Dersno, and lives in Oregon; they have one daughter, Alice. None of the other children are married. Orville J. is an electrician in Chicago. Jay H. is studying pharmacy in Janesville. Mrs. Bliss died May 17, 1898, at the age of fifty-four years. She was a Methodist, and a lady of many admirable qualities. Mr. Bliss is a Mason, belonging to Western Star Lodge No. 14, A.F. & A.M., and Janesville Chapter, No. 5, R.A.M., and he is also a member of W. H. Sergeant Post, No. 20, G.A.R. Politically he is a Republican. He is an honest, hard-working man, loving quiet, and devoted to the farm on which he lives and the work before him.

Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin" (c) 1901, pp. 231-232.

  13th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry1

Camp Treadway

Located in the city of Janesville, this camp trained the 13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. It was on the site of today's Rock County Fairgrounds.

The 13th Wisconsin Infantry organized at Janesville, Wis., and mustered in October 17, 1861. Left State for Leavenworth, Kansas, January 13, 1862. Attached to Dept. of Kansas to June, 1862. District of Columbus, Ky., Dept. of the Tennessee, to August, 1862. Garrison Forts Henry and Donelson, Tenn., to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Reserve Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, Rousseau's 3rd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Texas to November, 1865.

SERVICE.-March to Fort Scott, Kansas, March 1-7, 1862, and duty there till March 26. Ordered to Lawrence, Kansas, March 26, thence to Fort Riley April 20 and to Fort Leavenworth May 27. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., thence to Columbus, Ky., May 29-June 2. Guard duty along Mobile & Ohio Railroad from Columbus, Ky., to Corinth, Miss., till August. Moved to Fort Henry, Tenn., thence to Fort Donelson, Tenn., September 2 and garrison duty there till November 11. Expedition to Clarksville September 5-10. Action at Rickett's Hill, Clarksville, September 7. Hopkinsville, Ky., November 6. Moved to Fort Henry November 11, and duty there as garrison and guarding supply steamers between the Fort and Hamburg Landing till February 3, 1863. Moved to relief of Fort Donelson February 3. Duty at Fort Donelson till August 27. March to Stevenson, Ala., August 27-September 14 and duty there guarding supplies till October. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there till February, 1864. Veterans on furlough February-March. Return to Nashville March 28. Garrison duty and guarding railroad trains from Louisville to Chattanooga till April 26. Guard duty along Tennessee River between Stevenson and Decatur till June. Moved to Claysville, Ala., June 4. Picket and patrol duty along Tennessee River till September. Scout from Gunter's Landing to Warrenton July 11 (Co. "C"). March to Woodville, thence to Huntsville, Ala., and guard Memphis & Charleston Railroad from Huntsville to Stevenson, Ala., with headquarters at Brownsboro till November. Repulse of Hood's attack on Decatur , October 26-29. At Stevenson till December. At Huntsville till March, 1865. Paint Rock Ridge December 31, 1864 (Co. "G"). Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. At Nashville, Tenn., till June. Ordered to New Orleans June 16, thence to Indianola, Texas, July 12. Duty at Green Lake and San Antonio, Texas, till November. Mustered out November 24, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 5 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 188 Enlisted men by disease. Total 193.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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