The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Blaine, Ephraim

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BLAINE, Ephraim, American soldier: d. Carlisle, Pa., 1808. He entered the army as a colonel at the commencement of the Revolutionary War, and was subsequently made commissary-general. His services were gallant and patriotic. He was with Washington in many of the most trying scenes of the Revolution, and enjoyed the confidence of his chief to the fullest extent. During the “dark winter” at Valley Forge, the preservation of the American army from starvation was in a great degree owing to the exertions and sacrifices of Colonel Blaine. James Gillespie Blaine, the well-known statesman, was his grandson.