are men of honor and men not so honorable on each
The Border Raiders
the country east and southeast of Cumberland Gap,
Tennessee, composed of
the counties of Lee and Scott in Virginia, and Hancock
and a portion of
Claiborne County in Tennessee, was infested with
roving and raiding bands
of Confederate Soldiers, with here and there a few who
belonged to neither
army but were engaged in robbing the citizens...
For Own Protection
nearest post of Federal soldiers was at Cumberland
Gap, and it was too
far away to give adequate protection. So the best
citizens of this section
organized a company for that purpose.
Many Brought Own Weapons
of the company
furnished their own horses. But they were supplied
with clothing, horse
feed, rations, and ammunition by the Federal
authorities. The Federal Government
supplied arms to some, but a number in the company
were men of property
and means, and not being content with such guns and
other arms as were
furnished by the Federals, bought their own arms, such
as Spencer rifles
and Spencer carbines and improved pistols.
No Looting Allowed
services of these
men were absolutely honorable. No man in the company
was allowed to pilfer
or rob, and no man was allowed to maltreat or insult a
prisoner. All prisoners,
however, were promptly turned over to the proper
authorities, and these
prisoners were many.
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