s command deserted.
Shortly after this a number of men, some deserters from Stoneman's command and other worthless characters, led by two desperate men, Wade and Simmons, completely terrorized a large portion of Wilkes county by their frequent raids.
In order to fully understand the situation, the condition of the country at thnd the soldiers were returning home that these depredations would be discontinued, but they were not.
These marauders were divided into two bands.
One, led by Simmons, had its headquarters in the Brushy Mountains, and the other, led by Wade, had its headquarters near the Yadkin river, in Wilkes county.
The bands at times operark and Henley.
Being encouraged by the failure to dislodge them, they began to enlarge the territory which they were to plunder.
About a week previous to this Simmons with his band had crossed into Alexander county, and had made a raid on Colonel McCurdy, a well-to-do planter.
About this time Mr. W. C. Green, of Alexander co