cknall was born in Granville county, North Carolina, December 4th, 1831.
He was a brother of Dr. George W. Blacknall and Major T. H., and father of Mr. Oscar Blacknall—a man of letters and well known from his productions in the Atlantic Monthly and the newspapers.
He married Miss Virginia Spencer, of Oxford, who still lives to mourn the death of her true and manly husband.
These facts we get from Captain Capehart's recently delivered memorial on Colonel Blacknall, and from the Henderson Gold Leaf, whose editor, commenting on the truth and beauty of that address, adds his own eulogy of the dead:
Colonel Blacknall had ardent patriotism, high conviction of right and principle, and an engaging manhood.
His presence was attractive, his gifts were many, his heroism of a lofty type.
Such a man must needs have made an ideal Southern soldier.
He received his death wound at the battle of Winchester, September 19, 1864.
Having his foot shattered by a ball from a cavalryman's carb