BLISS, ZENAS R. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization:   Colonel, 7th Rhode Island Infantry. Place and date: At Fredericksburg, Va., 13 December 1862.

Entered service at:   Johnston, Maine.

Birth:   Johnston, Maine.

Date of issue:   30 December 1898.

Citation:   This officer, to encourage his regimen; which had never before been in action, and which had been ordered to lie down to protect itself from the enemy's fire, arose to his feet, advanced in front of the line, and himself fired several shots at the enemy at short range, being fully exposed to their fire at the time.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)