Historical Rosters Database
Thomas BlackburnRoster ID 350
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1854|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Thomas Blackburn, Class of 1854. Genealogy: Born September 11, 1834, Jefferson Co.(?), West Virginia; Father- Richard Scott Blackburn of "Spring Grove," Clarke County (some records say Jefferson Co.) WV; Mother- Sarah Ann Eleanor (Ellen) Thomas, b. 1811 d. 1898; Paternal grandparents- Thomas S. Blackburn (b. Prince William Co., VA) and Elizabeth Sinclair (b. "Spring Grove,"); Maternal grandparents-John Thomas and Eleanor MacGill (McGill?). VMI Record: Entered VMI July 29, 1851 and died while a cadet. Death: Blackburn was fatally stabbed by a local law student (Charles Burks Christian) on January 15, 1854. A trial was held in Lexington, resulting in a hung jury; a retrial held in Bedford resulted in an acquittal. Christian died in 1916.|