Converse, Blinn A.
Age: 0, credited to Manchester, VT
Unit(s): USN, 22nd NY INF
Service: 22nd NY INF Band, Co. I, 8/61, m/o 8/15/62; 3rd ASST ENG, 9/64, USN, steamer Little Ada (North Atlantic Squadron), 9/64-3/65, Mystic, 3/65-5/65; resgd 5/17/65
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Birth: 09/27/1836, Manchester, VT
Burial: Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 12134608
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/9/1904
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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BLINN A. CONVERSE
(27 SEPTEMBER 1836 - 11 MARCH 1910) WAS BORN IN SHOREHAM OR BRIDPORT, THE SON OF CALEB W. B. AND HARRIET (DERBY) CONVERSE.
He attended school there until he was 15 years old, then found employment as a fireman and assistant engineer in Port Henry, New York, where he remained until the start of the Civil War.
Converse enlisted as a private in Co. I, Twenty Second New York Infantry, on 6 June 1861, at Arlington Heights, Virginia, and was assigned to the regimental band. He was 5' 6" tall, with light complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. He mustered out on 15 August 1862, at Culpeper Court House, Virginia, when regimental bands were disbanded. He returned to civilian pursuits with the New York and Erie Railroad as fireman, assigned to the Newburgh branch. He remained there until September 1864, when he was appointed Acting Third Assistant Engineer, from New York.
Converse was ordered to USS Little Ada, and participated in the capture of Forts Fisher and Caldwell, at the mouth of Cape Fear River, and in the capture of the city of Wilmington, in January 1865. Little Ada then transferred to the mouth of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay for duty.
About 20 March 1865, he was detached and ordered to USS Mystic, which, on 1 May, was ordered to Washington Navy Yard to be decommissioned, and Converse resigned his commission on 17 May.
After the war Converse moved to Minnesota where he was a locomotive engineer with the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, the Omaha and Northwestern Line. He was later Chief Engineer for the U.S. Army Building in St. Paul. He was a Mason and prominent in the Grand Army of the Republic. He died in Minneapolis; interment in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.
Converse married Helen Mar Gardner, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Hulburt) Gardner, a native of Panton, on 4 October 1863, in Crown Point, New York. They had three children; Clayton Gardner, born 10 June 1865, Winnie Leroy, born 24 June 1867, and Harriet Abby, born 26 January 1880. Helen predeceased Blinn by ten years.
Source: draft biography to be included in Green Mountain Mariners: Vermonters in the Navy During The Civil War, by Tom Ledoux