Hello.I am researching the Civil War regiment 4th Tennessee Cavalry (Union), and in Co F of that regiment there were two BLACKWELL brothers from Spartanburg District, South Carolina.
While it is not too unusual to find Tennesseeans who fought to support the Union, it is rather unusual to find South Carolineans, especially those who were living in SC before the War, and returned there afterward.That is the case with these two BLACKWELL brothers.
Reuben S. Blackwell and William G. Blackwell both enlisted in this Tennessee Cavalry regiment June 9, 1862 at Somerset, Kentucky. At the time of their enlistment, they were described as follows:
Reuben - age 26, farmer from Spartanburg District, SC, 5'6" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.
William - age 20, farmer from Spartanburg District, SC, 5' 6 1/2" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair.
William did desert the regiment Feb 6, 1865 at Gravely Springs, AL.Reuben also deserted, on Jan 9, 1865, but he was restored to duty May 9, 1865, and he did receive a Union invalid's pension (filed Sept 10, 1904) and his wife did receive a widow's pension (filed Nov 2, 1907).
I am especially curious about the motivations which caused some Southerners to choose to fight for the Union, and would appreciate any information about this family.It is apparent that these brothers made a deliberate effort to join the Union ranks, as they traveled a long distance over hostile territory to join this regiment.While it is true that they both eventually deserted, that was only after having served over two years as Union volunteers.
There is a pedigree on WFT Vol 32, Tree 74, which shows these men to be brothers, the sons of Starling Willis Blackwell, and the members of a very large Blackwell clan in South Carolina, some others of whom fought for the Confederacy.
(Note - this message was also posted to the BLACKWELL and SC-Spartanburg Co lists).