Slavery on the Western Border: This belief in the mild nature of Missouri slavery has largely persisted in spite of the more complex picture painted by the men and women who actually endured enslavement in the state. Southerners who owned a large number of slaves generally chose to migrate to regions where they believed slavery was secure and where they could engage in large-scale cotton production.
In calling the roll of a regiment of conscripts who had just entered the camp of instruction at Raleigh, N.
The Winston Sentinel says: This, of course, involved an investigation, when it was discovered that the features of one claimed to be a conscript were quite too fair and fine for one of the sterner sex. The soldier was charged of being a female, when she confessed the truth and acknowledged that she had determined to accompany her friends in the perils of war, and avenge the death of a brother who fell in the fight near Richmond.
We have heard nothing in any degree to implicate the good character and standing of this gallant heroine.
The identity of this particular person remains unknown. But she was one of a handful of women known to have attempted, and in some cases succeeded, in enlisting in the Confederacy and the Union militaries in North Carolina.
This essay examines the stories of these individuals, analyzing the facts of each case by utilizing contemporary historical documents. Sarah Malinda "Sam" Blalock Sarah Malinda Pritchard, perhaps the most famous female soldier from North Carolina, served alongside her husband in the Confederate army, and later assisted the Union military.
Born inshe married William McKesson Blalock at the age of seventeen, and settled on a farm near the base of Grandfather Mountain. William, who went by the nickname "Keith," remained loyal to the Union at the outbreak of the war, and refused to enlist the Confederate army.
However, in Marchfaced with new conscription laws requiring all men between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five to serve in the army, Keith Blalock and his wife, disguised as "Sam" Blalock and claiming to be Keith's younger brother, enlisted in Company F, 26th North Carolina Infantry.
Six days prior to the Blalock's enlistment, the 26th North Carolina had fought in the Battle of New Bern, and the regiment was recovering near Kinston. Keith, ever anxious to find a way out of the army, approached the regimental surgeon, Thomas J. Boykin, with a complaint of a "rupture" hernia and "poison from sumac.
Initially the surgeons thought he was suffering from smallpox due to the severity of the disorder. On April 20,Keith was discharged from Confederate service for "disability. After their release, the Blalocks made their way back to their mountain home.
Precisely what happened to them in is unclear. One account states that Keith was subsequently wounded in the arm as the couple were pursued into the wilderness atop Grandfather Mountain by Confederate conscription and enrolling officers attempting to force Keith to rejoin the army.
If he had been properly discharged, however, and had papers proving that, they could not have legally reenlisted him. In his later years, Keith asserted that he had never been properly discharged. Tradition also states that he helped Union escapees from Salisbury prison cross the mountains into Tennessee.
At some point in the fall of or spring ofKeith made his way across the mountains into eastern Tennessee, where on June 1, he enlisted at Strawberry Plains in Company D, 10th Michigan Cavalry. The company records indicate that at least four other eastern Tennessee or western North Carolina Unionists joined the same company.
He later claimed in his Union army pension that he spent the majority of his time in service as a scout. He acknowledged two injuries in his pension that do not appear in his service records: Historians as well as fiction writers have made numerous claims that Sarah Malinda Blalock took part in many of Keith's scouting forays.
One story involves Malinda being wounded in the shoulder in an early attack on the home of Carroll Moore, the father of a former friend and comrade of the Blalocks.
She indeed may have helped him, but one must account for the fact that she had a one-year-old child at the time that needed care, and Keith does not mention her presence alongside him in any of his pension correspondence postwar.
After the war, Keith Blalock murdered a man who was responsible for the killing of his stepfather during the conflict.If “Gone With the Wind” is too insensitive for public viewing, and memorializing Confederate generals is racist, perhaps Civil War reenactments will be the next to go.
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