Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lt. Benjamin Lewis Blackford, CSA Engineers

From the July 12, 2012, Civil War Day By Day, UNC Library. //// Since I have been printing of lot og this man's letters, I found some information on Confederate Lt. Benjamin Lewis Blackford. //// He was born 5 Aug 1835 and called "Benny" as a child, but at some point he began to be called Lewis. He attended school at Mt. Airy and later the University of Virginia. After graduation, he worked as a civil enhineer before enlisting as a private in Samuel Garland's 11th Virginia Regiment. //// Later, he served as a lieutenant of engineers and was stationed in both Virginia and Wilmington. After the war, he went into the insurance business in Washington, DC. In 1869, he married Nannie Steenberger (d. 1883). They had four daughters: Elizabeth Padelford "lily," Mary Berkeley "Daisy," Alice Beime and Lucy Landon Carter. //// Lewis died in 1908. //// Sure Wasn't Impressed With Wilmington and North Carolina. Must Have Been a Virginia Thing. --Old B-Runner

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