Stoneman's Troops were posted a different points in NE Tennessee, from Knoxville to Henderson's Mill (present day Afton) where they were ordered to secure to railroads. After Longstreets withdrawal into Virginia Stoneman was ordered to persue him and to disrupt and destroy rail line, store houses and the vital salt works in Saltville Virginia. These Unionist suffered from being caught in an ice storm at Saltville in Dec 1864. They ventured into NC in a vain attemt to rescue POWs at Salisbury. POWs had been moved, they burned the prison. By March/April of 65 with Lee in retreat and Jeff Davis trying to escape Stoneman was ordered to persue Davis. Davis was finally captured by Wisconsin Cavalry but the CS Treasury was intercepted by the elements of the 8th Tn Cav under Gillem at Washington, Wilkes Co. Ga. (Thats a long story in and of its self)Back to East Tennessee these Unionist were ordered to round up guerillas and bushwhackers and execute them on the spot. They were mustered out in Sept '65.
Alvan Gillem was a Tennessean by birth.West Point, career officer, served during the Modoc war in California. Retired to the Soldiers Home in Nashville where he died. Contact me via e-mail for further details.