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    Mexican/Civil War: Very Rare Medal Grouping to Brigadier General George Alexander Hamilton Blake, Commanding Officer, 1st Cavalry Regiment, including: Aztec Club of 1847 Medal; Military Order of the Loyal Legion Medal; and, an original portrait miniature of Blake in uniform. The Aztec Club medal, very rarely offered for sale, is 1.25" across and 2.75" high, including the two-piece ribbon. The Loyal Legion medal is the same size, but has what appears to be a gold suspension bar. The medal is numbered "827". Both medals are in gold. The miniature is in a silver gilt oval frame, 3" x 3.5" (4" including the bale), with a locket of hair encased under glass on the backside. In the portrait Blake is wearing a blue model 1839/1847 United States officer's uniform. The painting is unsigned and appears to be on ivory (not examined out of the frame). All three pieces are mounted on cardboard covered in red velvet, 9" x 7".
    George Alexander Hamilton Blake was born in Philadelphia August 31, 1810. He was appointed 1st Lieutenant in the 2d U. S. Dragoons on June 11, 1836 and was stationed in Florida during the Second Seminole War until 1841. He was promoted Captain, December 3, 1839. Captain Blake joined General Winfield Scott's army during the War with Mexico. Blake was engaged in battles of Cerro Gordo, Puebla, Contreras, Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and City of Mexico. He received the brevet rank of major for his gallant conduct in the affair at San Augustine on August 17, 1847. While with the army of occupation in Mexico City, Blake became a founding member of the Aztec Club. Returning to the United States, Blake was promoted to the rank of major with the 1st US Dragoons on July 23, 1850. He served on frontier duty in Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington Territory with his regiment to 1861. In 1857, Blake commanded sixty dragoons to protect the E. F. Beal Expedition during its survey of a wagon road from Fort Defiance, New Mexico to the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and California. The survey also incorporated an experiment first proposed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis four years earlier to use twenty-five camels, imported from Tunis, as pack animals. Blake participated in action against Apache and Navajo Indians and was promoted lieutenant colonel, 1st U. S. Cavalry May 3, 1861 and colonel, February 15, 1862. He was engaged in battle at Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, where he was wounded, and at Aldie, Middletown, Upperville and at Gettysburg where he distinguished himself. He was brevetted to brigadier-general on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and effective services" at Gettysburg. After the War he was commander of Fort Vancouver, Washington. He retired on December 15, 1870. General Blake died at Washington D.C. October 27, 1884, at the age of 74.


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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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