Hi Carolyn, yes the war in the mountains had certainly reached a new heighth in brutality at Shelton Laurel. One of the women who was whipped or hung by the neck was an 85-year old grandmother. A 70 year old woman named Sally Moore was flogged with switches until the skin on her back burst open. Mary Shelton, the wife of one of the suspected salt raiders, was severly flogged and repeatedly hung until her face turned blue; she later went insane and had to be cared for by relatives for the remainder of her life. An experienced man could tell how long to leave them hanging in the air- there was a certain shade of blue that crept into the skin just this side of death- so that the sensation of almost dying could be repeated over and over again, as many times as it took, not unlike the "uncontrolled drowing " techniques practiced by modern interrogators around the world...a brutal winter indeed.