Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stoneman's Raid and the Battle of Fort York

Wikipedia.

It was during tghis raid that the Battle of Fort York took place.

His roommate at West Point was Stonewall Jackson.

George Stoneman had led a previous raid in Virginia in 1863, before the Battle of Chancellorsville was fought.  He was later captured during the Atlanta Campaign.

This raid began March 23, 1865, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  His command consisted of 4,000 troopers.  They headed east into North Carolina where they plundered and destroyed towns.  Then they went into Virginia on April 2 where they destroyed 150 miles of railroad track.

Seven days later, on April 9, they returned to North Carolina and went to the towns of Winston and Salem, now Winston-Salem,, then toward High Point.

On April 12, Stoneman's men entered Salisbury with the intention of setting free Union prisoners held there.  But, they had already been removed.  Stoneman then set fire to the town.  It was at this time that the battle of Fort York took place.

Leaving Salisbury, Stoneman plundered Statesville, Lincolnton, Taylorsville and Asheville before returning to Tennessee on April 26th.

They had covered 600 miles and three states during the raid.

--Old Secesh

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