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Vance Pollock

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Brown Mountain in the Civil War
« on: May 30, 2010, 08:26:28 PM »
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I enjoyed Josh's Civil War stories in honor of Memorial Day on last night's Speaking of Strange program. He mentioned a story I ran into last year about Kirk's Raiders, a small Union outfit which took Camp Vance near Morganton.

There are a number of references available with a bit of trial and error web searching. Here's a brief mention of the action near Brown Mountain:


from the chapter heading Kirk's Camp Vance Raid:

R. C. Pearson shot Hack Norton, of Madison County, one of Kirk's men, at Hunting Creek, but Kirk got over the Catawba River and camped that night. The next day [29 June 1864?] they crossed John's River and Brown's Mountain, where they were fired into by pursuing Confederates at 3 :30 pm. Kirk put some of his Camp Vance prisoners in front, and one of them, B. A. Bowles, a drummer, was killed and a seventeen year old boy wounded. Colonel Kirk was himself wounded here with several others of his command. This was at Israel Beck's farm.

They camped that night at top of the Winding Stairs Road, where they were attacked next morning. Col. W. W. Avery and Phillip Chandler were mortally wounded, Col. Calvin Houck was shot through the wrist and Powell Benfield through the thigh. The attacking party then retreated and Kirk continued his retreat, passing by Col. J. B. Palmer's home and burning it that morning. Kirk and all his men escaped without further mishap.

For a more detailed account, see:


...which mentions many local landmarks in the Brown Mountain area.
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