On Oct 3, 1864, Maj.-Genl. Fagan made an attack on Fayetteville from the west, but failed to drive the Federals out. While the Federals held Fayetteville the Confederates under Col W. H. Brooks threatened them with four Regts under Col’s S.W. Peel, Ras Stirman, D. H. Reynolds, & Capt Wm. Brown. Brooks sent in a demand for surrender. Col T.J. Hunt, in command at the time replied to come & take it. Federal scouting parties were driven in. Hunt was fearful of an attack & fortified the town with trenches, barricading the streets with what was termed the wreck of ruins. Col Brooks considered the situation, & did not attack. Neither commander was sure of results, & Brooks, Peel, nor did Stirman have any desire to destroy property or kill their friends & neighbors.
Four Years Service in the Southern Army, Joe M Scott
Washington County Historical Society
…Buck Brown and Col Brooks had a plan laid out to capture Fayetteville. We moved on the town from the west and Brooks was to attack from the east. Through some misunderstanding Brooks failed to appear when we made our attack…and we withdrew.