Wheeler’s Cavalry Raid.
Rev. Geo. W. White, son of Robert N. White, deceased, who was a scout for the Union Army, gives us some interesting data in connection with the famous raid of Gen. Wheeler. He says that at Burnett’s school house and on his father’s farm he has picked up bolts and other parts of the train destroyed. At McLean’s Ford where the ammunition train was destroyed, which is about four miles further up, he says that the remnants of ammunition in the shape of parts of bullets can be found there to-day. An episode in connection with the destruction of supply train is that Mr. White, his father, managed to secure a bag of salt from the burning train and salt was very valuable then. Still more interesting he tells us his father has told him repeatedly that he as a scout warned Gen. Rosecrans, which warning if heeded would have saved his train.
The following letter from Mr. White is self-explanatory.
After my return from Jasper I consulted my mother in regard to Wheeler’s cavalry raid in Sequachee Valley. She says Wheeler’s men did no shooting at my father at the time, and that he procurred [sic] that bag of salt from the wagon train, and made his lucky escape for refuge to the side of Walden’s Ridge, a distance of about 400 yards from where the ammunition wagons were burned.
In my statement to you about the ford I was mistaken but after reflecting and consulting my mother who lived at the Longly ford at the time of the surrender, and it was at the Longly ford instead of the McLean. There are two fords in that section of country, the Longly and the McLean. They are only about a mile and a half apart and therefore I got confused about them.
I have picked up particles of lead and bursted shell and cartridge balls there years ago and others can now be found there. All the other statements I gave are correct.
At that time my father lived on Walden’s Ridge on the old Haley Road in Hamilton County near the Suck, and had been sent to this valley on a scout by Gen. Rosecrans. Father afterwards bought a farm on Looney’ Creek of John G. Kelley, our present county judge and moved to this valley, but he afterward sold it to John Hudson.
While living there he had some trouble with bush whackers and narrowly escaped death. He afterwards moved to the Longly Ford and was there when he was mustered out of service of the U. S. at Nashville. Sometime after he was mustered out of the service he purchased of P. H. Grayson a farm at Burnett’s school house, in this county and moved on it and was living there at the time of his death, Sept. 24th, 1895.
On this farm at Burnett’s school house four miles south of the Longly Ford, Wheeler burnt a wagon and 2-horse hack up. When I was a little boy have often heard my father say that he told Gen. Rosecrans that Wheeler would destroy his train for him in this valley. Had Rosecrans listened in time to my father and sent aid Wheeler would never have destroyed his train.
I am pleased to make tho above correction to my mistake as I want nothing but facts to appear.
Rev. GEORGE W. WHITE.
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