Ridgecrest in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
back Stoneman's U.S.
cavalry, raiding through
western North Carolina,
at Swannanoa Gap, near
here, April 20, 1865.
Erected 1968 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number P-55.)
Location. 35° 37.206′ N, 82° 16.737′ W. Marker is in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is on Old U.S. 70 E, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located east of Dew Waite Road. Marker is in this post office area: Black Mountain NC 28711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swannanoa Gap ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Swannanoa Tunnel ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Swannanoa Gap Engagement ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Mount Mitchell Railroad ( approx. 1.2 miles away); Montreat College ( approx. 2.4 miles away); Andrť Michaux ( approx. 2.4 miles away); Geodesic Domes ( approx. 2.8 miles away); Andrews Geyser ( approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgecrest.
Regarding Stoneman's Raid. In late March 1865, Union cavalry under Major General George Stoneman, commander of the Union army “District of East Tennessee,”
Stoneman divided his men and sent detachments throughout the region, securing the destruction of the regionís factories, bridges and railroad lines. The army relied heavily on local citizens for food and supplies, often emptying storehouses. Stonemanís raids in North Carolina lasted from late March until May when they assisted in the search for Confederate President Jefferson Davis as he fled the collapsed Confederacy. The men had marched more than 1,000 miles during the raid and historians credit their march with assuring the death of the Confederacy as they captured artillery pieces and took thousands of prisoners while destroying Confederate army supplies and blocking a line of possible retreat for both Lee and Johnstonís armies.
After hearing rumors of the end of the war, Stonemanís men remaining in North Carolina under
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.