Blades was attached to the U.S.S. Tecumseh on 20 April 1864 and was reported lost with her during the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864 as reported in a Navy casualty list published in Army and Navy Journal. and on his rendezvous index card.
He was approximately 40 years old and had been in the Navy for a total of nearly four years.
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References and Sources Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, New York, New York, for the week ending February 9, 1864
 NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.
 "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.