Jeffrey Weaver’s history of Thurmond’s Partisan Rangers mentions that the unit was involved in the rounding up of members of the Heroes of America. I thought little of the incident since Confederate officials often employed home guards and rangers to round up dissidents and deserters throughout the Confederacy. During my meeting with Dr. Thorp last week, we talked about the role the 44th Va Cav played in SW VA. He mentioned that rumors of potential saboteurs floated through SW VA during the later stages of the war, and that Confederate authorities cracked down on members of an organization known as the “Red Strings.” Dr Thorp recommended I read Kenneth Noe’s “Red String Scare: Civil War Southwest Virginia and the Heroes of America.” I did, and I realized that the Unionist Heroes of America and the Red Strings were the same organization. Rumors that the Heroes of America were going to sabotage the V&T RR led Confederate authorities in Richmond to crack down on Unionists in SW VA and convinced many officials that SW VA was overrun with dissidents. This is an interesting story that ties into the V&T RR and also speaks to the issue of loyalty in SW VA during the late Civil War. I am following this rabbit hole.