Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865

Consider again my map of General Joseph E. Johnston’s area of control, generally speaking, as of April 10, 1865: Two railroads were the arteries which served Johnston in the closing weeks of the war – the North Carolina Railroad, providing a link from Greensboro to Raleigh, and the North Piedmont Railroad, from Salisbury to DanvilleContinue reading “Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman descends upon the North Piedmont Railraod, April 11-13, 1865”

Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman completes the ride through Virginia, April 7-10, 1865

My last installment covering Major-General George Stoneman’s Raid brought the raiders up to the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad at points from Wytheville to Salem.  On April 6, as the big armies in Virginia fought around Farmville, Stoneman began withdrawing his forces for transit back into North Carolina. The main column, with Stoneman and Brigadier-General AlvanContinue reading “Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman completes the ride through Virginia, April 7-10, 1865”

Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman breaks the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, April 3-6, 1865

Having reached the Virginia state line on April 2, 1865, Major-General George Stoneman directed his raid back across the Blue Ridge to his assigned objective – the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad around Christiansburg.  The raiders rode through Fancy Gap to reach Hillsville on the morning of April 3. There, Stoneman exercised two of his raidingContinue reading “Driving Dixie Down: Stoneman breaks the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, April 3-6, 1865”