Important Civil War Confederate Massacre North Carolina Letters
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Important group of two Civil War letters written by W.A.Lemmons (Lamons) of the 2nd North Carolina Mountain Infantry. Dated April 11th and May 1st 1865. These letters are written by Lamons concerning capturing Rebels around Asheville,N.C. The first letter inscribed from Deep Gap,North Carolina in Watauga County April 11th 1865 reads as follows: Dear Wife,We have been on scout for several days,I captured three Rebs,captured corn,sugar,coffee and bacon at a town called Jefferson (N.C.) Colonel Kirk says he is going to move us to Asheville, I captured a secession flag at a little town called Boone (N.C.) I will tell you how I got this paper, I cut it out of a book when I got the flag! Address me at 2nd N.C. Company C. Your Husband W.A.Lamons.
The second letter is written from Headquarters, Asheville,N.C. May 1st 1865 and reads: Dear Wife, We have seen no Rebs yet,we caught one of the men that helped kill thirteen at Laurel,the Rebs shot them on Laurel like Wild Beasts, our boys took him out and settled with him and you may guess how ! (hanging) The citizens of Asheville say the Rebs are laying out in the bushes,some say they will go back to Greenville (Tenn) Your husband W.A.Lemmons of the Union Sympathizers!
Note: Under Col. George Kirk partisan ranger who led the 2nd N.C. Mounted Infantry. The 13 Yankees the Rebs killed;executed at Laurel,N.C. was a traumatic event that led to a tremendous manhunt for the Confederate soldiers responsible. There is a historical marker in Laurel that marks this tragic occasion. Much has been written about this event both in words and song.
These letters came directly from a family days ago. I have placed them in frames.
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