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    For the South,

    Kevin Stone, Commander
    NC Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

Monday 23 Sep 2019

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Three of the gang were about to enter through a window in the rear of the building when Lieutenant Green, leaving his position in the front, rushed to the place, knocked out a pane, and fired into the trio, slightly wounding one of them. Where upon the robbers withdrew, leaving two of their horses and two or three of their hats, and went in haste back to the fort. The next day (Tuesday) Colonel Sharpe5 gathered together about twenty men, soldiers who had returned from Appomattox, and pursued them. Crossing the Yadkin River they rushed up to within a few feet of the fort; but two of his men, James Linney6 , brother of Hon. R. Z. Linney, and Jones Brown7 , were killed and left in the yard. The rest of the pursuers, some of them springing from their horses and running zigzag on foot, escaped. They managed to get together, however, at Moravian Falls and returned home greatly dejected, while the robbers were much emboldened by their two victories in one week. The tragic death of Linney and Brown cast the darkest shadow of gloom and sadness over the whole community.

 

"What shall be done?" Every one asked the burning question. Some thought there was little or no hope of anything being done. Some who had been in pursuit were really afraid to go again, and they did not go.

 

Now I must speak as an eyewitness of all that follows. Upon my return from the army I took a small school in Alexander County and boarded in the home of Ellis Haynes, Esq. The company which was driven from the fort the Sunday before was made up in this community. Colonel Sharpe called together and held a consultation with a number of toughened Confederate soldiers, and it was soon decided that another effort should be attempted to dislodge Wade and his gang from the fort and put an end to the work of plunder and murder. I left my school in the hands of one of my pupils and joined the company, which numbered about twenty men. We started on Tuesday afternoon following the Sunday on which our Alexander men had been repulsed. Having crossed the Brushy Mountains at Cove Gap, just before reaching Moravian Galls, in Wilkes County, we met a man from near Holman's Ford who informed us that Wade was looking for us and that he hoped we would come on. We halted, held a consultation, and sent one of our men into Iredell County to ask Col. Robert H. Cowan8, who had commanded the 33d Regiment of North Carolina State Troops in the war just closed, to gather up all the returned soldiers he could and to come to Holman's Ford with all possible speed.

 

We sent another one of our members to the headquarters of a portion of the Federal army encampments near Lexington, N.C., to inform them of the condition of things in Wilkes County and to ask them to send and relieve the situation as early as they possibly could do so. We then continued our march, reaching Moravian Falls about sunset, where we remained until near midnight; then we moved slowly and cautiously up the road leading to Holman's Ford. The night was dark, especially the latter part of it, and all felt that the march was fraught with danger.




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