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,
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1756.
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. The marker is on the grounds of Cannon Memorial Hospital. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 434 Hospital Drive, Newland NC 28657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 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); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 4˝ miles away); Linn Cove Viaduct (approx. 4.6 miles away); Banner Elk (approx. 6.6 miles away); Lees-McRae College (approx. 7 miles away); Shepherd M. Dugger (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 803 times since then and 60 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.