#36 Midnight Raid Hartsdale, Virginia March 30, 1863


Hartsdale, Va. Mar. 30, 1863

REBS SURPRISED BY MIDNIGHT RAID

A camp of 400 Confederate soldiers was completely destroyed last night when an unexpected raid by a Federal division took place. The Union soldiers carried flaming torches into the camp and started burning the tents with the sleeping men in them. Several of the Southern soldiers were aroused by the thundering hoofs but were gunned down before they could warn the rest of their comrades. In a half-hour the camp was completely destroyed and the Union troops watched from a hillside as the flames continued to devour the canvas. Upon learning of the attack, General Lee expressed great shock and regret. "It's a pity how war will bring out all the viciousness that man is capable of. We of the South will not forget an attack of this nature."