They broke his cart to pieces.

Ely Williamson filed claim #9429 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He was a 41 year-old Hertford County farmer.  He owned 12 acres of land near Winton NC that he bought with his own money, and rented more.  He was born free.

Union soldiers went by Williamson’s house and told his wife they wanted a horse.  He saw them hauling with his horse and cart and expected both to be returned, but the soldiers kept his horse and broke his cart to pieces.