Adams’ brigade had ridden fifty-six miles in twenty-one hours by the time they reached George F. Ponder’s place early that afternoon. Ponder raised fine horses on the 3,500 acres and ran a store at a crossroads called Fairplay. Troopers compelled some of his slaves to halter and bridle eight horses and broodmares and sixteen fat mules. Then they emptied his crib, barn, and smokehouse. Adams arrived in time to post a guard around Ponder’s white-pillared home but turned a deaf ear to the planter’s pleas to spare his livestock and provisions.
From Shermans' Horsemen