b. 18/05/1840 Columbia County, New York. d. 21/01/1910 New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION; 19/10/1864 Cedar Creek, Virginia.
Blunt enlisted in the Army from Chatham, New York in October 1861, and was assigned to the 6th New York Cavalry. He was commissioned as an officer in November 1862. He transferred to the 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry in June 1865, and mustered out with this regiment in August. He didnt receive his Medal of Honor until two years before his death on 1 June 1908.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant John W. Blunt, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 19 October 1864, while serving with Company K, 6th New York Cavalry, in action at Cedar Creek, Virginia. First Lieutenant Blunt voluntarily led a charge across a narrow bridge over the creek, against the lines of the enemy.
BURIAL LOCATION; CHATHAM RURAL CEMETERY, CHATHAM, NEW YORK.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.