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Grave of Isham Blake

  • Cross Creek Cemetery I, Cool Spring and Grove Streets
  • Fayettevillle, NC 28301
  • (800) 255-8217
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    Hours: Daily before dusk, exterior view only.

    Isham Blake, a musician in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, also served as one of General Lafayette's bodyguards at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. The Siege of Yorktown was an American victory by a combined assault of American and French forces led by General George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and French General Comte de Rochambeau, over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. This surrender caused the British government to negotiate an end to the War. After the War, Blake became a productive and respected citizen of Fayetteville. On the morning of March 5, 1825, Lafayette received a visit from his former body guard. He is now buried in Cross Creek Cemetery I. The bronze marker is at the brick wall across from Evans A.M.E. Zion Church.