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Gen David Blackshear

Gen David Blackshear

Birth
Craven County, North Carolina, USA
Death 4 Jul 1837 (aged 73)
Laurens County, Georgia, USA
Burial East Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 24426530 · View Source
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Military Figure and Politican, United States
General David Blackshear, is noted as the military commander and pioneer who was in charge of building a string of forts on the western frontier of early Georgia to protect settlers from Indian attacks by the Creek Tribes. Blackshear was born in Craven, North Carolina. He fought in the American Revolution as a young boy of 12. He participated in one of the first battles of the Revolution, the battle of Mores Creek Bridge in North Carolina. After the war he became a surveyor and moved to Georgia in 1790, having been given a grant of land for his service. He established his home in the small settlement of Springfield in what was then Washington County, now Laurens County. Blackshear helped organize fellow settlers to defend against possible Indian attack. He was appointed justice of the peace in 1796, then Brigadier General in the state militia in 1799. In 1807 he became one of the early founders of Laurens County Georgia. Blackshear answered the call to service again when the United States went to war with England again in the war of 1812. When the War of 1812 broke out, he was given responsibility of defending the southern and western borders of Georgia -- both exposed to hostile Indians. Blackshear was in charge of constructing a number of roads, forts, and a ferry along the frontier to expedite the movement of troops. By the end of the war he had obtained the rank of a Brigadier General After the war he returned home and became a planter. He was quite successful in growing grape vineyards and orchards. He later entered politics and served in the Senate at Milledgeville, the former capital of Georgia, from 1816 until 1825 when he voluntarily gave up his office. Blackshear passed away at his home on Springfield Plantation. He is buried in the Blackshear Family Cemetery located near the former settlement of Springfield on the northern outskirts of Dublin, Georgia. (1910 Buckeye Road)
Note: Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia, and the City of Blackshear in Pierce, Georgia, are named in General Blackshear's honor.

Southern Recorder - Milledgeville, Georgia
Tuesday, July 11, 1837.
DIED.
In his 74th year, at his residence, Springfield, Laurens County, on the 4th of July, a day which he delighted to honor. General David Blackshear, after a well spent life devote to his country.
Gen. Blackshear was born in the State of North Carolina, where, (then a boy of 16), took up arms in defense of liberty, and carried then with unabated zeal and courage to the establishment of independence. In 1790, he emigrated to Georgia, resolved to unite his fortune and destinies with hers, forever.



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DAVID BLACKSHEAR
N.C. MIL
REV. WAR


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  • Maintained by: Raymond B.
  • Originally Created by: TJ Cobb
  • Added: 5 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24426530
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen David Blackshear (31 Jan 1764–4 Jul 1837), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24426530, citing Blackshear Family Cemetery #1, East Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Raymond B. (contributor 47259819) .