Albert Gallatin Blanchard, U. S. Army Major, later Brigadier General, C.S.A. was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the son of Reuben Kimball Blanchard. His father was an officer in the War of 1812 and his grandfather, Benjamin Blanchard was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.
At the age of 15 he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in the class of 1829 with Robert E. Lee. He was only 19.
In 1832 he married Susan Green Thompson in Philadelphia and was assigned to duty at Fort Jesup on the Louisiana Texas border. His young wife died at the Fort in 1836 leaving a son, Henry and a daughter, Susan.
Henry and Susan went on to achieve recognition in their chosen fields, Henry in the New England church ministry and Susan B. Elder as an accomplished Southern author, poet and teacher.
In 1840 he resigned his commission and moved to New Orleans where he married Herminie Benoist de la Salle, a native of the city. Fifteen children were born of this marriage.
He was involved in the formation of the first public schools and was among the founders of the New Orleans Academy of Sciences.
In 1846 he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army in the Mexican War where he distinguished himself at the Battle of Monterey and the siege of Vera Cruz. He accepted a commission in the 3rd U.S. Infantry as a Major and served until his resignation at the end of the war.
Returning to New Orleans, Blanchard was appointed Deputy Surveyor for the City of New Orleans were he engaged in the profession of Civil Engineer. He was Secretary of the N. O. & Carrollton Railroad Company and had other railroad pursuits.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Col. Blanchard formed a company which fought in the early battles in Virginia. He was promoted to Brig. General and took part in the Peninsula campaigns until in Jan.1862 he was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi department in Monroe, Louisiana to raise troops to defend that area, as most able bodied men had been sent to the Eastern sector.
As Grantís Union troops began their move towards Vicksburg, Blanchard was relieved of
command in Louisiana and moved
to the Carolinas in administrative duties. He joined Gen. Johnston in
the last battle at Bentonville, N. C. when Johnston surrendered to General
Sherman at the conclusion of the war.
Blanchard returned with his wife and children to New Orleans and continued his former pursuits until his death in 1891. He is buried in this family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 in New Orleans.
Albert Gallatin Blanchard
Albert Gallatin Blanchard
At Top of Tomb
Edward Joseph Blanchard
Louis Constant Benoist
Jas. A. Sinclair
At Bottom Left
Dr. Frank Helion
At Top Right
Gen. A. G. Blanchard
Herminie Benoist DeLaSalle
Nicolas Benosit De LaSalle
Octavie. agee de 20 mais.
- (near bottom) 21st Congress, 1st
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