Colonel William B. Blair died here on Friday last, aged 67 years. He was highly esteemed and honored in this community, where his quite, kindly generous deportment had endeared him to all our people.

Col. Blair was born in Richmond, Va. At the early age of 17 he entered the Military Academy at West Point, and graduated in 1838 was appointed 2nd lieutenant of artillery July 1, 1838; was assistant professor of mathematics at West Point from August 31, 1842, to August 31. 1843; served in Mexican war under Gen. Scott; was brevetted captain April 18, 1847, for gallant conduct at the battle of Cerro Gordo; was promoted to captain in 1849. Prior to this time he married Miss Judith C. Nicoll, of New York.

         At the outbreak of the civil war he was in Texas, but immediately on hearing of the secession of Virginia he tendered his resignation as an officer of the United States army and came to Richmond and cast his fortunes with his State. In the fall of 1865, he was elected Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy in the Virginia Military Institute, and for 11 years he occupied the chair which before him had been filled by Gen. Stonewall Jackson. In 1876 failing health prevented him from longer attending to the duties of his professorship, and he retired to private life at his home in this community.




Title:  Death Of Colonel Blair,
Author: Unknown
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Year:  1883
Media:  Photocopy, By permission of Virginia Military Institute Archives, Preston Library, Diane B. Jacob, Archivist



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