The Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, TN, Tuesday July 15, 1919.
L. M. Blackman Answers Call
Veteran Dies at Ripe Age of 85 Years.
Was Soldier, Business Man, Law-maker, Editor, Student.
Major L. M. Blackman, aged 85 years, members of the Fourth Tennessee cavalry regiment in the Civil War, died at his home in Monroe county July 11, and the body was interred Saturday in the National cemetery at Knoxville. The deceased is survived by one son, Wilbur D. Blackman, of Philadelphia, Tenn.; and three daughters. Mrs. M. H. Rausin, Philadelphia; Mrs. S. J. Tipton, Friendsville and Mrs. Lee Leslie, Madisonville.
Major Luther Mead Blackman was born in Sandy Hook, a suburb of Newton, Litchfield county, Conn., Feb. 14, 1834. He attended the common school of the city until the age of nine years when he emigrated to Michigan with the family, locating in Tecumseh, Lenowie county, where he resided and attended the schools of that locality when opprtunity afforded.
In the autumn of 1855 he removed to Tennessee locating in Knoxville, where he engaged in the marble business as a letterer and engraver for the firm of Miblo & Smith. Afterward he found an opening for the marble business in Monroe county, where he went and opened a quarry on Bat Creek near Eve Mill. Here he established a yard and built a mill for the production of marble for the trade. He soon established a good business with every indication of a prosperous future.
When the war started, Major Blackman at once aligned himself on the side of the government.
After many trying experiences, the Major enlisted in Company C, under Col. Edwards, who was recruiting what was afterwards known as the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry. The Major being a man of some business qualifications Col. Edwards made him his quartermaster. He served in this capacity until he received his commission as Major, serving in that rank until the close of the war. He made a record of conspicuous gallantry.
Major Blackman returned home to find his business utterly destroyed. He did not attempt to rebuild it, the state of the country being not flattering for the business. He turned his attention to politics and was trice elected representative of his county in the lower branch of the legislature. He was a member of that body that elected Governor Brownlow to the U. S. Senate and is the last surviving member of that legislature. After his service in the legislature he was appointed Assistant District Internal Revenue Assessor, serving about one year. He was then appointed Special Internal Revenue Commissioner 1870, serving in this capacity about four years. He then engaged in the newspaper business as editor at Clinton for about a year, being a strong supporter of Hon. L. C. Houk. He then retired to private life and bought a farm near where he first engaged in the marble business and settled down to quiet life, prosecuting claims for the Departments at Washington in connection with his farming.
He was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Cook, daughter of Jacob and Jane Cook of Monroe County. To them were born four daughters and two sons, one son and one daughter being dead. Mrs. Blackburn [sic] died in March, 1908.
While Major Blackman was an efficient and useful business man he was also an honorable and respected citizen. In his last days he lived a quiet and unostentatious life, surrounded by his books, papers and magazine. He was broadminded, and a liberal thinker and was fully abreast of the current events of the day and the advanced thoughts of the age. He was an extensive reader and a student of the ideas of the times.
Census Records | Vital Records | Family Trees & Communities | Immigration Records | Military Records Directories & Member Lists | Family & Local Histories | Newspapers & Periodicals | Court, Land & Probate | Finding Aids