Campaigns, Battles, Incidents, and Affairs>skedaddle>campaigns, battles, etc>Shelton Laurel


Incidents at Shelton-Laurel, N.C.

and related documents

Adobe pdf format version of full document

On February 24, 1863, in a letter to Zebulon V. Vance, the North Carolina Governor, Augustus S. Merrimon, wrote:

Thirteen prisoners, at least, were killed by order of Lieut. Col. J. A. Keith. Most of them were taken at their homes, and none of them made resistance when taken; perhaps some of them ran. After they were taken prisoners the soldiers took them off to a secluded place, made them kneel down, and shot them. They were buried in a trench dug for the purpose. Some two weeks since their bodies were removed to a grave-yard. I learned that probably 8 of the 13 killed were not in the company that robbed Marshall and other places. I suppose they were shot on suspicion. I cannot learn the names of the soldiers who shot them. Some of them shrank from the barbarous and brutal transaction at first, but were compelled to act.

Early in 1863, thirteen men and boys were executed after being taken prisoner by the Confederate Sixty-Fourth North Carolina Volunteer Infantry.  This document is a compilation of two 19th century accounts of the affair and material from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies—primarily Confederate communications and reports.


Cruelties of WarMemphis Bulletin.  In the month of January, 1863, at Laurel, N. C., near the Tennessee border, all the salt was seized for distribution by Confederate Commissioners. Salt was selling at...

The Horrible Massacre at Shelton Laurel, N.C.—THE next thing I have to relate is the horrible massacre at Shelton Laurel, North Carolina. The place where this dreadful slaughter occurred is located in ...

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.

Names Mentioned in this Work

Adobe pdf format (page numbers refer to full document):

Hit Counter hits;
  page created 10/31/2005
modified 05/25/2006

Campaigns, Battles, Incidents and Affairs will feature, primarily, 19th century material relating to the actual conflict.  Other parts of Skedaddle deal with other aspects of the war — the impact on the people, the trials and tribulations of the soldiers in the camps, the poitics... and more

Copyright © 2005 —All rights reserved.