Voices from the Invaders

Stoneman's Raid

"On the 10th we moved south, arriving at Germantown . . . . The number of negroes who were following the column had increased to such an extent as to endanger the safety of the command . . . . Several hundred were sent from this point to East Tennessee . . . and most of those fit for military service, I have since learned, are now in Colonel Bartlett's [119th] U.S. Colored Troops . . . . [At Salisbury] The fruits of this victory were 18 pieces of artillery with caissons, forges, and battery wagons complete, 17 stand of colors, and between 1,200 and 1,300 prisoners and the possession of the town, with its immense depots and arsenals, and the Salisbury Prison . . . . at 2 p.m. on the 13th, Major [George F.] Barnes reported the destruction of all rebel supplies [at Salisbury] to be complete. From the preceding afternoon up to this time, the air had been constantly rent by the reports of exploding shells and burning magazines.For miles around the locality of the city was marked during the day by a column of dense smoke, and at night by the glare of burning stores."
  Brig. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem, commading Cavalry Division, District of East Tennessee, reporting on Stoneman's Raid in Western North Carolina, April 25, 1865.


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