|Flowers placed by the grave of 14th Connecticut Captain Jarvis Blinn, who|
was killed at the Battle of Antietam.
A 26-year-old mechanic from New Britain, Conn., Blinn was killed at the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862 -- 152 years ago Wednesday. "I am a dead man!" the officer said moments after he was shot near Bloody Lane. (See my interactive panorama here of where the 14th Connecticut attacked.) A Mason and the first officer in his regiment to die, Blinn left behind wife, Alice, and two young children.
"His wife is heart-broken," a woman who attended Blinn's funeral service noted. "Their attachment to each other was unbounded -- he was all to her. Such a sad, hopeless, despairing countenance I never saw. There are two children -- dear little creatures the eldest five years of age -- for them only his memory lives."
|A close-up of the albumen of 14th Connecticut Captain Jarvis Blinn, who was|
only 26 when he was killed.
|During the ceremony at Blinn's grave, a re-enactor sang The Vacant Chair, a Civil War song.|
|14th Connecticut re-enactors fire a salute near Jarvis Blinn's grave.|
|Jarvis Blinn's descendants and re-enactors gather near Blinn's grave.|
|A close-up of Blinn's repaired gravestone.|