Marion in McDowell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
"Horrid Blue Coats"
— 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. Johnson surrendered to Union Gen. William T. Sherman near Durham.
Union Gen. Alvan C. Gillem led two brigades of Gen. George Stoneman’s raiders here to the Jonathan Logan Carson house on April 19, 1865. News of the cavalry’s 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 husband’s life, Carson’s 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
(lower left) Buck Creek Ford and road, where Stoneman’s 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 Stoneman’s Raid in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, March-April 1865.
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1769.
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 Tahoma Road (North Carolina Highway 80), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 US 70W, Marion NC 28752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 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); M/Sgt. Shufford Cline Rowe (approx. 2.8 miles away); McDowell County Courthouse (approx. 2.8 miles away); Daniel Kanipe (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cathey's Fort (approx. 7½ miles away); Frontier Fort (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . . Historic Carson House. (Submitted on September 26, 2014.)
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