The Confederates were opposed to the 4th of July celebration.

They stay on the other side of town near the Black River rail line.

Gang named Wilderness Raiders.

February 4th is the Confederate independence holiday

The Raiders don’t wear a uniform.

They’ve done some guerilla fighting during the war.

Most of them are deserters from the confederate army

A Wilderness Raider named Ralphie Simpkins picked a fight with Walter Jackson a black man who was passing out flybills for the union twice. During the second one Walter’s arm was broken.

Jake Simpkins, Ralphie’s brother, is another member of the Wilderness Raiders.

Ralphie also participated in the horse race during the celebration. He lost, but attempted to win by knocking Eddie from her saddle.


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