| The Guns of the South |
POD: January 17, 1864
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Affiliations:||Confederate States Army|
First Lieutenant Asbury Finch was with the 21st Georgia regiment during the Second American Revolution.
During the winter of 1863/64 Lt. Finch served with the quartermaster's corp. As part of his duties, he accompanied supply trains to the winter quarters of the Army of Northern Virginia. Prior to one such trip, he received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee ordering him to stop at the small town of Rivington, N.C. to allow some supplies to be loaded and some civilians to board the train.
Lt. Finch followed orders and had a large number of crates of two types loaded on the train. After this was done, he opened two crates, one of each type and found carbines of a curious manufacture and metal cartridges. He also allowed about a dozen men in "all-over-spots" clothing to board. Prior to the train leaving, he telegraphed a report to General Lee.
When the train arrived at Lee's HQ in Orange Court House, Finch followed up with a verbal report.