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Zenas Bliss

Born: Apr 17, 1835

Death: Jan 2, 1900

Birthplace: Johnston

Nationality: United States

Zenas Bliss

Date of Birth : Apr 17, 1835
Date of Death : Jan 2, 1900
Birth Place : Johnston

Zenas Randall Bliss was an officer and general in the United States Army and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He formed the first unit of Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts, and his detailed memoirs chronicled life on the Texas frontier. He was the father of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Zenas Work Bliss. Bliss was a native of Rhode Island and graduated from West Point in 1854. He served most of his thirty-seven-year career on the Texas frontier, and served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. During the Civil War he was captured by Confederate forces and held as a prisoner of war. Bliss received the Medal of Honor for his actions while leading his regiment at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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