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    Kevin Stone, Commander
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Monday 23 Sep 2019

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We stayed. And in the darkness we constructed a new line of breastworks nearer the fort and kept on shooting at the house for some time after dark. The enemy fired no more after it became too dark for them to see us. We had in our Alexander company a man from Iredell County by the name of Wallace Sharpe10. His station was near the spring, and between him and the fort and very near it stood the old kitchen built of pine logs, covered with boards, and it was very old and dry. "Wal" Sharpe, as soon as he could see signs of approaching day, pulled off his shoes and very quietly made his way to the old kitchen, pushed some dry trash into a crack, struck a match to it, and then ran back to his station. Soon the entire kitchen was ablaze, and you may be sure that no fire was ever watched more eagerly. Very soon the sparks began to fall onto the roof of the fort, and then little blazes sprang up here and there on the roof, whereupon our men raised a shout of joy. And then the robbers raised a yell.

 

One of our men called loudly for their surrender. They asked what we would do with them if they surrendered. "Wal" Sharpe replied with an oath: "We will kill the last one of you." Then they came out, with Wade in front. He raised his hat and touched his head, as though he would surrender, then darted like an arrow down the steep hill toward the river, and so on through our lines, our men firing several shots at him; but, it being too dark to see, not a single shot struck him. He sped across the bottom to the Yadkin River and hid under the bank of the river. With all our searching we failed to find him. He told afterwards that some of our men came within six feet of him. We tracked him to the river, but could get no further trace of him. Such leaps as he made across the bottom, according to his tracks, it seemed impossible for a man to make.

 

As soon as the others came out of the fort they were seized by the soldiers, and it seemed that they would be torn to pieces. They were in the hands of men whose mothers, wives, and Sisters they had insulted. The whole company was for a little while an infuriated mob. Then for the first time some of us were impressed with the fact that there is nothing to he feared so much as a company of men so enraged as to lose their heads.

 

Men were commanded to climb to the top of the fort and extinguish the fire, so that sufficient time would be had to ascertain what was concealed therein. Property of nearly every description was found and many fine dresses and ladies hats which they had taken for the dissolute woman who occupied the house. About twenty fine horses were in the pasture near by. They were returned to their owners. Stakes having been erected for their execution, the guerrillas were told that they must die. They begged to be imprisoned for life, but were told that they must be disposed of as they had disposed of Clark, Henley, Linney, and Brown. Passing with them through the yard to the place of execution. Colonel Sharpe told them that they could have a little while to make any preparation for death should they desire to do so. They began praying, but their whole prayer was: "Men, save us."



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