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Blume French

Obituary of Frank L. Blume, Nashville, Tennessee.

After a lingering illness, Frank L. Blume died at his home, in Nashville, Tenn. He was a member of Frank Cheatham Bivouc and Camp.

Born of old Moravian stock at Winston-Salem, N. C., August 3, 1847, Mr. Blume was the third of four sons left fatherless at a very early age. In 1863 he joined the Confederate navy, serving as midshipman on the practice ship Patrick Henry. This ship was part of the James River blockading squadron and was blown up by the Confederates when Richmond fell. Then the officers and marines were formed into a provisional company, which was part of the escort accompanying President Davis and his cabinet south. One of his brothers was in the Confederate infantry, another in the signal corps. The eldest was but nineteen. At the close of the war he found the ample fortune left by his father swept away, and, like most Southern-born boys, he had to build up his own fortune. For some years he made his home in Brownsville, Tenn., where he met and married Miss Mattie French, the youngest daughter of the late H. S. French. After their marriage he removed to Nashville and during a long life of business activity he mad a large circle of friends and leaves a name honored by all who knew him.

For many years Mr. Blume was treasurer and librarian of Christ Church Sunday School and vestryman in the Church. His devotion to the memory of the Southern cause, to his Church, and to the Masonic orders to which he belonged was singularly beautiful. Quiet, unostentatious, and charitable in word and in judgement, his deeds of kindness were known only to the recipients.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, and a brother, Dr. James Blume, of Winston-Salem, N. C.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1916.

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