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On our way back to Alexander County we met Colonel Cowan, of Iredell County, with twelve or fifteen men, coming to our assistance. We also met some of the citizens of Wilkes County coming with wagonloads of provisions for us. When they heard what had been done they must have been thrilled as deeply with joy as were our forefathers when they heard of the victory of Yorktown.


The next morning before starting to my school I saw coming down the road from the direction of Fort Hamby twelve men on horseback. They wore, like all the robbers, Northern blue uniforms. Naturally I supposed that they were some of the recruits who were expected to defend Fort Hamby and that they were after wreaking vengeance on all who had taken part in the extinction of Wade's band. As they approached the gate (I was boarding in the home of Ellis Haynes, Esq.) I turned back to my room, which was on the first floor, locked myself in, and examined several guns, which I always kept loaded, determined to sell my life dearly. They dismounted and came in, asking if they could get breakfast and their horses fed. Mr. Haynes told them they could. They seated themselves on the porch and entered into a lively conversation with Mr. Haynes. Of course I was listening. From all I could gather, they were not the men whom I had supposed them to be, so I walked out into their midst.


They asked me if I knew anything of a band of robbers near Holman's Ford, in Wilkes County. I told them I did. They said they had heard that the fort had been taken and the band dislodged, asking me if this was true. It was, I told them. Was I there, and did I take part in it? Yes, I told them. Still uncertain as to who they were and what their mission might be, I determined not to tell who else helped to take it. They then asked me what we did to those robbers, and I replied that we had tied them to stakes and shot them.


"I am glad of it," said the lieutenant in command. "You have saved us the trouble of it; for had they fallen into our hands, we should have executed them." He then told us that the message which we had sent while on our way to Fort Hamby had reached their headquarters, and they were on the way to settle all these troubles and to put an end to all lawlessness. It can be truthfully said that no men, from whatsoever section, ever came into that part of our State who were more cordially welcomed. The lieutenant had thirty-one men in his command on that trip, but two other divisions of them had gone to other places for breakfast.

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