The 1865 Stoneman s Raid Ends

Author: Joshua Beau Blackwell
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614234965
Format: PDF, ePub
Download Now
In the spring of 1865, George Stoneman's cavalry division departed Salisbury, North Carolina, with one objective in mind: returning home. However, after the collapse of the Confederacy, the mounted division was ordered to apprehend the exiled Confederate president Jefferson Davis, even if it meant "follow[ing] him to the ends of the earth."? By May, the raid had transformed into an uphill struggle of frustration, pillage, revenge, terror and wavering loyalty to the flag as the troopers crashed down on the civilian populations that lay in their path with demonical ferocity. Taking into account local folklore and traditions of the raid, historian Beau Blackwell follows the column's course as it sacks the city of Asheville, canvasses the Palmetto State, plunders Greenville, terrorizes Anderson and ultimately tramples the soil of Georgia.

The 1865 Stoneman s Raid Begins

Author: Joshua Beau Blackwell
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614232407
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
Striking out from Knoxville, Tennessee in late March of 1865, Major General George Stoneman unleashed his cavalry division upon Southern Appalachia intent on "leaving nothing for the Rebellion to stand upon." The raiders wreaked havoc on government stores, civilian property and indispensable infrastructure, dashing all hope for the dying Confederacy's stand on the rugged peaks of the Blue Ridge. They eventually trampled through five southern states, reduced to ashes one of the last major prisons in the south and helped pursue the renegade president. But much more than wanton destruction, their story is one of hardship, redemption and retribution. Taking into account the local folklore of the Raid, this volume traces the column's course as it departed Tennessee, penetrated Southwestern Virginia and stormed the North Carolina Piedmont.