DEATH OF GEN. BLENKER.--Brigadier Gen- eral Louis Blenker, who died at his residence in Rockland county, N.J., on Saturday last, [actually Rockland County, NY] was born in the city of Worms, in the Grand Duchy of Hesse Darmstadt, during the year 1812, and was therefore in his fifty-second year. He served in the Bavarian legion, and subsequently took an active part on the Eu- ropean revolution in 1848. In 1849 he came to the United States. When the rebellion broke out he set about raising a two years' regiment, and was com- missioned its colonel on May 31, 1861. The re- giment (one thousand strong) left New York May 26, and arrived in Washington on June 4th. After being encamped for some time on Meridian Hill, the regiment was incorporat- ed with others into a brigade, of which Col. Blenker was appointed commander. The brigade was then attached to McDowell's army as a portion of Col. Miles's fifth divi- sion. When the Army of the Potomac was organized into corps under Gen. McClellan, the German troops were formed into one di- vision of three brigades under the command of Gen. Blenker, and formed the second divi- sion of the Second Army Corps, under the late Gen. Sumner. It was afterwards de- tached from the Army of the Potomac and placed under Gen. Fremont in the Mountain department. Gen. Blenker participated in the battle of Cross Keys, June 8, 1862, but was shortly after relieved from the command of the division, and was succeeded by Gen. Sigel. Gen. Blenker was then ordered to Washington, where he remained for some time, after which he was mustered out of service on March 31, 1863.
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