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Marion in McDowell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Carson House

“Horrid Blue Coats”

 

óStoneman's Raid ó

 
Carson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
1. Carson House Marker
Inscription.
(preface)
On March 24, 1865, Union Gen. George Stoneman led 6,000 cavalrymen from Tennessee into southwestern Virginia and western North Carolina to disrupt the Confederate supply line by destroying sections of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, the North Carolina Railroad, and the Piedmont Railroad. He struck at Boone on March 28, headed into Virginia on April 2, and returned to North Carolina a week later. Stonemanís Raid ended at Asheville on April 26, the day that Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnson surrendered to Union Gen. William T. Sherman near Durham.

(main text)
Union Gen. Alvan C. Gillem led two brigades of Gen. George Stonemanís raiders here to the Jonathan Logan Carson house on April 19, 1865. News of the cavalryís approach arrived before the Federals. The family buried some of its valuables in the forest and concealed others in a nearby cabin. Fearing for her husbandís life, Carsonís wife persuaded him to hide in the woods; loyal slaves remained here to protect the women and children.

To your left front, the raiders skirmished briefly with a few Confederate home guards, who quickly fled. Some of Gillemís men rode into the house and plundered it, but one of the officers prevented the soldiers from burning the dwelling. The cavalrymen than camped here, receiving word of
Close up of the map on the Carson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
2. Close up of the map on the Carson House Marker
(Inscription in the lower right of the map) Route of Stonemanís Raid in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, March-April 1865.
Gen. Robert E. Leeís surrender in Virginia. They frightened the Carson family, as well as Emma Lydia Rankin, a schoolteacher boarding here. She later wrote, “By the time the little skirmish was over the horrid blue coats were swarming in and through and around the house.” At times it seemed that “there were about a million of them” roaming the grounds. Soon, however, they were gone, riding toward Asheville. Blocked at Swannanoa Gap, Gillem turned south to Rutherfordton.

(captions)
(lower left) Buck Creek Ford and road, where Stonemanís Raiders crossed, ca. 1908. Courtesy Carson House
(lower center) Emma Lydia Rankin, ca.1908 Courtesy Carson House
(upper right) Gen. George Stoneman Courtesy Library of Congress; Gen. Alvan C. Gillem Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Route of Stonemanís Raid in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, March-April 1865.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 41.466′ N, 82° 3.448′ W. Marker is in Marion, North Carolina, in McDowell County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 70 0.2 miles east of Lake
Carson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
3. Carson House Marker
Tahoma Road (North Carolina Highway 80), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 US 70W, Marion NC 28752, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Carson House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pleasant Gardens (approx. 1.6 miles away); Roy Williams (approx. 2.7 miles away); Daniel Kanipe (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cathey's Fort (approx. 7.5 miles away); Frontier Fort (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Old Indian Fort (approx. 8.2 miles away); Andrews Geyser (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marion.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Carson House. (Submitted on September 26, 2014.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Carson House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
4. Carson House
Historic Carson House 1793-Entrance to the House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 19, 2014
5. Historic Carson House 1793-Entrance to the House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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