South Asheville Colored CemeteryGeorge Avery, a 19-year-old enslaved blacksmith, joined Co. D, 40th United States Colored Troops, in Greeneville, Tennessee, in 1865. According to local tradition, his master, Confederate Maj. William W. McDowell, sent Avery to enlist for a post-war pension. Avery's enlistment, however, corresponded with the arrival of Union Gen. George Stoneman's raiders, who liberated Asheville's enslaved population in April 1865. They recruited about forty "Negroes who were following the column" and took them to Greeneville.
|Series||This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||North Carolina Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:55pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 360649 N 3938600|
|Decimal Degrees||35.58131667, -82.53800000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 34.879', W 82° 32.28'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 34' 52.74" N, 82° 32' 16.8" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20 Dalton St, Asheville NC 28803, US|
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