THRILLING AFFAIR IN ROBESON COUNTY - A Lady uses a Repeater with Fearful Effect
Fayetteville Observer, March 06, 1865
Article transcribed and shared by Myrtle Bridges September 25, 2009
On Tuesday morning, about 1 o'clock, a band of deserters and escaped Yankee prisoners, 15 in number, and led
by a Yankee naval officer, attacked the house of Mrs. Dr. McNair, in Robeson County, and, after spending nearly
an hour in the attempt, forced an entrance by breaking down the front door. Mr. Wm. Stanton, of this County, was
staying at Mrs. McNair's on the night in question, and being called by that lady to her assistance, soon after
the attack commenced, promptly "reported for duty." An excited contest followed, Mrs. McNair and Mr. Stanton both
being provided with Colt's repeaters and a rifle, which they used with fatal effect; one of the attacking party
being killed and another wounded in the breast. We regret to learn that Mrs. McNair was badly burned and her face
otherwise injured by fragments of glass and powder. Mr. Stanton was also slightly wounded.
Mrs. McNair and Mr. Stanton having exhausted their ammunition, the latter, at the urgent solicitation of Mrs. McNair
(who feared the desparadoes would wreak vengeance on him for the death of their comrade,) retired, and she remained
alone to brave their fury. On approaching her, the Yankee officer in command was so struck with her bold and determined
mien, that, instead of harming her, he complimented her warmly on her conduct, stating that she was the first woman,
who had offered any resistance to his band.
They carried off nearly all the valuables they could find, including silverware and jewelry, six thousand dollars in
Confederate notes, and two breastpins, containing the pictures of Mrs. McNair's husband and son; the latter of whom
fell in defense of his country on one of the battlefields in Virginia. The courage and determination of this noble
woman savors more of romance than reality, but the incidents given in this article are literally true. It carried
one back to the days of the Revolution, when the fearless women of the Colonies performed so many feats of wonder
worthy to be imitated by many of the male sex whose knees are smiting together, like Belshazzar's, lest they be
attacked by deserters and other roving desperadoes - Fayetteville Telegraph.
*Note: June 22, 1842 Issue Fayetteville Observer: Married in Cheraw, S.C., on the 9th, Dr. Neil McNair of
Harlleesville, Marion District, to Miss Elizabeth Harllee, eldest daughter of Col. David S. Harllee of Cheraw.
*The 1850 Census shows Neill McNair, 35, Dr.; E.A. McNair, 24, b. SC; and D.H. McNair, 3, enumerated in the Upper Division of Robeson County, NC.
*The 1860 Census of Robeson shows Neill McNair 45; Lizzie 34; Harlee McNair 13; and John Harllee 70, Gentleman, all in the same household.
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