One of the Yadkin Boys
George Washington Blakely was born in 1838 and, on June 18, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving in the group known as “Yadkin Boys,” Company F, 28th Regiment, NC Troops. He survived the War, but was wounded several times and lost part of one of his hands. After the war, he returned to farming in Yadkin County and, on March 14, 1865, married Sarah Susannah Matthews. George died on July 16, 1923 and is buried in Prospect Methodist Church Cemetery in Yadkin County.