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The Significance of Stoneman's Last Raid: Part II

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This is the second installment of a series examining the little studied final raid upon the South's war resources planned and lead by Union Major-General George Stoneman. Focusing on the raiders' time spent in eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and the North Carolina and Virginia Piedmont the author argues that the raid's use of total war tactics and assaults on the civilian population found innocent victims in the people of these regions. The raid also presented the somewhat unique occurrence of pitting Southerners against their own community, in that Stoneman's forces contained many Southern citizens who had sided with the Union cause for reasons specific to this region.