September 23, 2016

Lemuel Blakey

One of ten children born to Thomas and Nancy Anderson Blakey, Lemuel was born in Barron County, Kentucky on October 6, 1818. He left for Texas from Anderson Ferry, Jackson County, Tennessee with his parents and siblings, and arrived in Velasco in January 1832. His father died within a few hours of arriving from an undisclosed illness, leaving eighteen-year-old Lemuel the head of the family. He enlisted in the Texian army on February 29, 1836 for three months and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto as a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company. He was one of nine men who was killed in battle, dying of wounds on April 21, 1836. He and his other fallen comrades were buried on the battlefield.

This is a cenotaph. In 1881, a decision was made to place permanent memorials at the graves of those men who had been killed in the Battle of San Jacinto and buried on the battlefield. It was discovered, however, that all of the original wooden grave markers, except for Benjamin Brigham's, had rotted away and no one could remember exactly where the others rested. As a compromise, since the soldiers had been buried closely together, it was decided to place a cenotaph over Brigham's grave as a memorial to all of them.

GPS Coordinates
29° 45.232, -095° 05.363

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
La Porte

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