Capt John J P Blinn

16 April 2019

Lieutenant John James Perry Blinn was Adjutant of the 14th Indiana Infantry at Antietam and was slightly wounded. Colonel Harrow wrote of him:

My adjutant, J. J. P. Blinn, was with me during the day, and conducted himself as only a brave man can, bearing messages for me, and when not thus engaged remaining at my side witnessing the heroic conduct of his regiment.

He had been a student at Wabash College in Crawfordsville at the start of the war and returned to school in January 1863, but was back in service in March at the request of by-then Brigadier General Harrow as Captain and AAG on his staff. He was mortally wounded at Gettysburg and died on 13 July 1863. Harrow, again:

My own assistant adjutant-general, Capt. John P. Blinn, throughout both days manifested himself a thorough soldier and patriot. He fell, mortally wounded, on the 3d, while gallantly cheering on the men of the command to which he was attached. No tribute can now reach him, but a worthier man and soldier has not died for his country.

His photograph was contributed to his Findagrave memorial by Gregory Speciale.

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