"The Wolf River Gang"

The Wolf River Gang, was a seperate contingent of Beatty's guerilla's, and is remembered for the ghastly murder of Jim Raines at his barn in northern Fentress County. They backed Raines up against the barn wall, cut his throat from ear to ear, then proceeded to slash and mutilate his body. After leaving the bloody scene, they moved on to Old Man Bobby Richardson's place on Holbert Creek. Blind, ninety-two, and the father of three Confederate soldiers, Richardson was shot in the front yard along with his dog. They draped the dog over Richardson's body before riding away....
Some wartime guerilla bands did not disband at all or were quick to regroup when they saw the "need" of their services.
The Wolf River Gang, for example, consisting of Sherwood Pile, James Pile, Press Hugg, John Overton, a Morgan, and perhaps others, continued out in northern Fentress County after the war. They so terrorized the countryside for three years that in June of 1868, Tennessee Governor William G. Brownlow commissioned Clabe Beatty of Fentress County to organize a company to capture the Wolf River Gang.
Source:~ Don't Go Up Kettle Creek ~ Verbal Legacy of the Upper Cumberland, by William L. Montell, 1983

Special thanks to Allen Sullivant, Sam Davis Camp # 1293, SCV

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