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Re: Blake's Scouts, CSA
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Mr. Lilley,

At the beginning of the war, the Blakes in Blake's Scouts were in Company C, 7th Kentucky Mounted Infantry.

From what I can piece together from various sources, they were Charles Henry Blake and his sons Joel F. Blake, Samuel D. Blake, and Thomas R. Blake. [John Blake was from Holmes County, Mississippi.] In March 1862, 1st Lt. C. H. Blake was captured and sent to camp Chase, Ohio. In January 1863, Capt. C. H. Blake of the Signal Corps turned in property at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He signed one pay voucher as the captain of "C.H. Blake's Kentucky Cavalry Company of Scouts". Various records show him and his command scouting for Nathan Bedford Forrest and Lt. General Leonidas Polk. Records show Blake's Scouts in Grenada, Mississippi, Macon, Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, Meridian, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Blake and his men were paroled in Gainesville, Alabama on May 10, 1865.

The 1860 Census of Ballard County, Kentucky:
Charles H Blake 46 -- Teacher of Languages -- born in Virginia
Mary A Blake 45 -- born in Virginia
Joel Blake 21 -- Student at Law -- born in Virginia
Thomas Blake 18 -- born in Virginia
Mary F Blake 16 -- born in Kentucky
Samuel Blake 13 -- born in Kentucky
Kate Blake 10 -- born in Kentucky
Lucy Blake 7 -- born in Kentucky
Allace Blake 5 -- born in Kentucky

Family records at show that Charles H. Blake married Mary Ann Upshaw in October 1835 in King and Queen County, Virginia.

The Compiled Service Records for the Blakes can be found in the 7th Kentucky Mounted Infantry and in Blake's Scout's, CSA.
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