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James E. Blitch enlisted September 22, 1862 with Capt. Hopkins at Waynesville. He served in the 24th Battalion, Georgia Cavalry, Company A as 4th corporal.

The 24th and two other units were consolidated to form the 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry on February 13, 1864. Company A of the 24th became Company G of the 7th. With the change 4th Cpl. Blitch was promoted to 3rd Cpl.

Blitch was shown to have been present throughout the war with the exception of being sick in late August 1864. He was admitted to Jackson Hospital on the 23rd diagnosed as febris remittens (remittent). He returned to duty September 20, 1864 and received an issue of clothing on departure.

After the war Cpl. James E. Blitch surrendered May 23, 1865 at Thomasville, Ga. and was paroled the same day.

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