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It is not known just how many men were engaged in these depredations. Perhaps the number actually engaged was not more than thirty. A list of eighteen names was found when the fort was taken, but more than that number were known to cooperate with them. They showed a spirit of revenge and a desire for plunder in all their raids. Indeed, they seemed to think that they must treat with the utmost cruelty all who were not in sympathy with them. They were brave men and well drilled. All the people of Wilkes County lived in constant dread of them, frightened by every bark of a dog or the rattling of leaves. Life seemed worse than death. All Wilkes County was subdued by them. They made several raids into Alexander, Caldwell and Burke Counties, robbing the citizens and subjecting men and women to the grossest insults.

 

On the 7th of May, 1865, they made a raid into Caldwell County. Maj. Harvey Bingham, with a few men, made a well planned movement on the fort the Sunday night following. It seems that Wade and his men announced their helpless condition and begged for their lives. No guns being seen, Bingham believed them his prisoners. He gave Wade and his men time to dress, after which, at a moment when their captors were off their guard, the robbers rushed to their guns, which were concealed about their beds, and opened fire on them. The result was that Clark, a son of General Clark of Caldwell County, and Henly, of the same county, were killed. The other escaped leaving the bodies of Clark and Henly. The Saturday night following the raiders crossed into Alexander County, intending to capture and kill W. C. Green4 son of Rev. J. R. Green, who had been a lieutenant in the Confederate army. Rev. Mr. Green had been informed of the expressed purpose to kill his son and was on the lookout for them, ready to give them a warm reception. They surrounded the house. Wade, as usual when he wanted to enter a house without force, was wearing a Confederate gray uniform. He claimed to be an officer in the Confederate army returning home and desired a night's lodging. The moon was shining brightly, so Mr. Green could easily see him and his men. "I know you," he said, "and you cannot enter my house unless you enter it over my dead body." Brave Mr. Green had his position at the door with a pistol in one hand and a shining dirk in the other. His son was at the front window and his daughter was at another window armed with a knife of long, keen blade. They had taken five of their servants into their confidence, had armed them also, and had placed them in the rear of the house. (Editor's note: these were local Black men who joined in the raid against Fort Hamby.)

 



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