Near Linville in Avery County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Woman of War
Sarah Malinda Blalock
Confederate conscription officers soon came calling, driving Keith Blalock into the wilds of Grandfather Mountain, where he began to guide escaped Union prisoners and dissidents from Blowing Rock, across Grandfather Mountain near Shull’s Mill, and into Banner Elk. On June 1, 1864 he enlisted in Co. D, 10th Michigan Cavalry, and continued to scout in the High Country, inciting or participating in several skirmishes in the area and losing
After the war ended, the Blalocks moved to Mitchell County briefly before heading to Texas. They later returned to North Carolina and settled south of here in Montezuma. They are both buried in the Montezuma Community Cemetery.
(left) Sarah M. Blalock - Courtesy North Carolina Collections, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
(right) William M. “Keith” Blalock - Courtesy Avery County Historical Society and Museum
Major funding for this project was provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, through the Transportation Enhancement Program of the Federal Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21th Century.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 3.733′ N, 81° 53.295′ W. Marker is near Linville, North Carolina, in Avery County. Marker is on Hospital Drive half a mile south of Newland Highway (North Carolina Highway 181), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Cannon Memorial Hospital. Marker is at or near this postal address: 434 Hospital Drive, Newland NC 28657, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asa Gray (approx. 2.8 miles away); Andre Michaux (approx. 2.8 miles away); Crossnore School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Banner Elk (approx. 6.6 miles away); Lees-McRae College (approx. 7 miles away); Shepherd M. Dugger (approx. 7 miles away); Yellow Mountain Road (approx. 7.1 miles away); Cranberry Iron Mine (approx. 7˝ miles away).
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Categories. • War, US Civil • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.