Died in 1863
(1812-63) Born in Germany, he belonged to the Bavarian Legion. In 1848, he participated in the revolution against the monarchy and had to seek asylum in Switzerland, but was expelled the following year and came to the United States, settling in Rockland County, New York. His reputation as a revolutionary patriot enabled him to recruit a regiment which was mustered into the Federal service in 1861 as the 8th New York Infantry, with Blenker as their colonel. He was appointed brigadier general on Aug. 9, 1861, and at 1st Bull Run he had command of a brigade, part of Colonel Dixon Miles's division, who performed capably in covering the Union rear on their confused retreat toward Washington. Blenker later commanded a division in the Shenandoah Valley against Stonewall Jackson. He died on Oct. 31, 1863.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of full colonel, wearing kepi, and holding sword at his side. Backmark: E. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Light age toning and wear. Small abrasion to the reverse just above the photographer's imprint. Very fine.