Mountain Unionists are brutally murdered in the Shelton Laurell area of the NOrth Carolina Mountains. Among the victims was a 13 year old boy. The Unionists were accused of raiding a nearby town and stealing basic necessities as well as raiding a salt mine. Undoubtedly these Unionist took part in Guerilla warfare on the Confederates and some were perhaps runaways from being conscripted in the federal army.
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Philip Paludan, Victims, Civil War Era NC, accessed November 24, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/370.