James Knox Polk Blackburn;
b. February 20, 1837
d. July 6, 1923
8th Texas Cavalry Regiment, Terry's Texas Rangers
Joined with Ben McCulloch's force that compelled Twiggs to surrender in San Antonio, TX. Enlisted in Lavaca County during August 1861. Mustered into Company F at Houston, TX on September 7, 1861. Contracted measles and sent to Hospital in Nashville. Given a saber by J. H. Morgan for his valuable service during a scout at Murfreesboro.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, July 1862. Took Command of Company F in April 1863. Suffered gunshot wounds through both thighs while leading a charge at Farmington, TN on October 6, 1863. Captured and paroled for hospitalization.
Recovererd in TN, where he met Matty Laird. Returned to the Rangers in February 1865 but not exchanged until the end of the war. Settled in Giles County, TN following the war. Married Mary "Mackie" McMillan Laird on February 10, 1867. Elected a member of the TN House of Representatives in 1885. Elected a member of the TN State Senate in 1908.
Published "Remeniscences of the Terry Rangers" in Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 1918, which was republished as a book in 1919. Died in Lynnville, TN on July 6, 1923.
Mary McMillan Laird Blackburn (1845 - 1901)*
John Laird Blackburn (1874 - 1946)*
Will Stoddard Blackburn (1877 - 1949)*
Maxine Mae Blackburn Clark (1885 - 1959)*
Henry Martin Blackburn (1889 - 1960)*
Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 13, 2005
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