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Pvt Franklin A. Blanton

Pvt Franklin A. Blanton

Birth
Cleveland County, North Carolina, USA
Death 16 May 1865 (aged 45)
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Plot Grave No. 1969 CC
Memorial ID 6289500 · View Source
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Francis Asbury Blanton was born November 9, 1819, in Cleveland County, North Carolina, to James M. Blanton and Mary Blanton (née Bridges). At some point prior to 1850, Asbury, as he was commonly known, married Edith Lucinda Lovelace, also of Cleveland County. The 1850 Federal Census shows them as having one child of less than one-year-old and living on a farm in Cleveland County. The 1860 Federal Census shows that the Blanton family had grown to include four more children. They still lived on a farm in Cleveland County.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Asbury Blanton was nearly 42 years old, and thus over the age for enlistment. By 1864, the needs for manpower in the Confederate military were sufficiently severe that Junior and Senior Reserve Regiments was being created in North Carolina. Despite his age, Blanton did enlist. On June 25, 1864, he enlisted in Shelby, North Carolina, as a private in Captain Robert Magness’s Company. The July 11, 1864 Muster Roll describes Pvt. Blanton as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, with blue eyes, light hair, and a fair complexion. His occupation is given as farmer. Captain Magness’s Company was designated Company H, 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves on August 6, 1864.

By October 1864, Pvt. Blanton and the others in the 4th Regiment were assigned to the Salisbury Prison. They were joined by other units from the North Carolina Senior and Junior Reserves and augmented the existing Prison Guard Force, known as Freeman’s Battalion but more precisely designated as the 26th Battalion. This battalion consisted of three companies having a total of 330 men, with one company – A, “The Tuscaloosa Guards” – from Alabama and the other two – B and C – from North Carolina.

Pvt. Blanton was on guard duty at Salisbury Prison when the Army of the Cumberland invaded North Carolina and Virginia in March and April, 1865. The Union force was led by General George Stoneman, and came to be called “Stoneman’s Raid”. The raid had as one of its objectives the liberation of the Union Prisoners of War in the Salisbury Prison. On April 12, the raid reached Salisbury, and the Battle of Salisbury ensued. Union forces proved victorious, and Blanton was taken prisoner that same day, along with over 1,100 others. However, the raid was only moderately successful in meeting the objective of freeing Union Prisoners of War, as most of these prisoners had been transferred in February and March, 1865.

From April 13, 1865, through April 23, 1865, Pvt. Blanton and the other prisoners were marched on foot to Greenville, Tennessee. They covered a distance of at least 173 miles on foot in 11 days. Once there, they were loaded onto trains and transported on a circuitous route through Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The ultimate destination was the prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, just to the west of Columbus.

Blanton arrived in Columbus on May 3 and reported into Camp Chase on May 4, along with the other prisoners. Shortly thereafter, he became ill and died of typhoid fever on May 16, 1865. Pvt. Francis Asbury Blanton, Company H, 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, was 44 years. He was buried in grave 1967 in what became the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. He left a widow, Edith, and seven children at their farm in Cleveland County.


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Pvt. F.A. Blanton Co.H 4th N.C. Sr. Res. Inf. CSA

Gravesite Details Confederate POW who died while in yankee captivity during the civil war of 1861-65

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  • Maintained by: Benjamin Garrett
  • Originally Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 25 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6289500
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Franklin A. Blanton (9 Nov 1819–16 May 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6289500, citing Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Benjamin Garrett (contributor 47346320) .