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- Sketchbook, 1863, of Benjamin Lewis Blackford (1835-1908) of Lynchburg, Virginia, containing sketches of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the ruins of Chancellorsville, Virginia, soldiers, and other landscapes
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- Benjamin Lewis Blackford was born 5 August 1835 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to William M. Blackford (1801-1864) and Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford (1802-1896). The Blackford family relocated to Lynchburg, Virginia, while he was young. Blackford worked as a surveyor, then attended the University of Virginia for two years. When the Civil War began, Blackford became a lieutenant and served with the topographical engineers, making maps. He eventually rose to the rank of captain. When the war ended, he found employment with the U.S. topographical engineers department. By 1870, Blackford was living in Georgetown, District of Columbia, where he worked as an insurance agent and a realtor. He married Nannie Blaine Steinberger (b. 1849) 5 July 1869, and they had at least 4 children. During the last few years of his life, Blackford resided in King William County, Virginia. Blackford died 25 September 1908 in Staunton, Virginia, and was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg.
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