Sherman Encounters The Ghost of Appalachia.


“When Sherman, and his small band discovered Turner, and his people General Sherman was said to remark about Turner, “His eyes have seen something; they know things.” The Nigger Moses, and The Ghost of Appalachia were some of the names given Turner  by runaway slaves, and the unfortunate slave trackers who wondered to close to Turner’s Black Mountain. Over the decades Turner’s band swelled from a ragtag group of runaway slaves to tens of thousands of men, women, and children; some grown men, and women with young families born free in their hiding place nestled deep on the Appalachian Mountains called Black Mountain. It was these numbers that General Sherman sought to help turn the tide of the Civil War. 
                         From the personal papers of  Rev. Verly Smith,  Secretary Turner’s Army.

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