Hunstville in Yadkin County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Feeding and Pillaging
—Stoneman's Raid —
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. Stoneman's Raid ended at Asheville on April 26, the day that Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Union Gen. William T. Sherman near Durham.
On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. William Jackson Palmer, commanding one of Gen. George Stoneman's cavalry brigades, led his men west from Salem to the Yadkin River. They camped for 36 hours on the east bank of the Shallow Ford Plantation, home of Confederate Congressman Richard C. Puryear. Puryear's daughter Betty Puryear Gibson, recalled that Palmer's soldiers found "everything sent to the woods for safety." What the soldiers could not eat, they carried away.
The Carolina Watchman reported that "a small force of Yankees" entered Huntsville, just down the road ahead of you, "yesterday morning [April 11] at 6 o'clock." The Federals surprised the Home Guard, which fled, abandoning a hundred new Enfield muskets. In Huntsville, the cavalry
Near here, Mrs. Sarah Byrd Dalton, a Union sympathizer, was asked to serve breakfast for fifteen officers. As hungry enlisted men continued to arrive, she eventually fed a hundred Federals, and her corncrib supplied some of the almost 4,000 horses in the Union herd. The U.S. government later reimbursed her.
Union soldiers pillaged the nearby house of plantation owner Joseph Anthony Bitting, while Federals attempted to rob Greenberry "Berry" Harding's dwelling. When Harding, recovering there from wounds, shot and killed on intruder, the other fled.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 4.95′ N, 80° 31.76′ W. Marker is in Hunstville, North Carolina, in Yadkin County. Marker is at the intersection of Courtney-Hunstville Road and Farmington Road, on the left on Courtney-Hunstville Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yadkinville NC 27055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Historic Huntsville Methodist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shallow Ford (approx. 1.1 miles away); Stoneman's Raid (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jones Grocery Store (approx. 2.4 miles away); Daniel Boone / Greene and Cornwalis (approx. 4.6 miles away); Concord United Methodist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); New Hope AME Zion Church (approx. 5½ miles away); Site of Sunny Acres (approx. 5.7 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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