GENERAL JAMES G. BLUNT GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Leavenworth Times, Tuesday Morning, July 28, 1881
THE DEAD VETERAN
The Remains of Gen. J. G. Blunt to be Brought Here--His Life in Kansas
The announcement of the death of General James G. Blunt, which occurred in Washington Monday, which was made through THE TIMES yesterday morning, was the subject of general comment throughout the city yesterday, coupled with many _expression of regret at the passing away of the old veteran. The general had not been a resident of this city for many years, but he had been prominently identified with the earlier history of the state, thousands of the old settlers throughout the state having been acquainted with him. General Blunt came to the state during its first years of settlement, locating in Anderson county, where he was engaged in the practice of medicine. He was an ardent free state man, and was a member of the constitutional convention, which met at Wyandotte. When the war for the union broke out he was created lieutenant colonel of the Third Kansas regiment of volunteers. After some service, in which he distinguished himself, he was promoted to a brigadier-generalcy of volunteers, and shortly after attained the rank of major-general. His service was mainly along the border of Missouri and Kansas, where he was personally engaged in many of the battles which took place upon this historic and bloody ground. He was known as a brave and resolute officer and a determined fighter.
At the close of hostilities he became engaged in business in Chicago, and afterward in Washington, making occasional visits to this city, where his widow now resides. He leaves a wife and two children, a son and daughter, the latter the wife of CoI. J. H. Gilpatrick.
Col. Gilpatrick said last night that the remains would not be even temporarily placed in a vault in Washington, as was first intended, but would be brought here at once, within a few days, where they will be interred. Information has been received that the body has been embalmed, and therefore can be sent through at once. At first it was the intention to deposit it in a vault at Washington until cold weather set in and then ship it here.
The funeral will take place from the family residence, at the corner of Sixth and Chestnut Streets, due notice of which will be given.
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PHOTO AND OBITUARY CONTRIBUTED BY ROBERT COLLINS