I do not know if they were Red Strings or not but here is the story of my GG Grandfather John "Jack" P. Smith: "The shooting of Jack Smith" Carroll County sent a great many of it's men to the Confederate cause during the Civil War, but there were Union sympathizers in the county. Jack Smith was one. The story of his shooting, along with two Family members on his plantation, epitomized the tragedy common to the time of neighbor turning against neighbor. Born in Henry County, Virginia, John P. "Jack" Smith(1804-1863) was the son of James Quincy Smith and Sarah Hanna Philpot, among the first Smiths to settle in Carroll. His Wife was said to be Rebecca Arminta Askeres, in other records, she is listed as Millie Esquire. They had nine children. Jack Smith began the Civil War on the Confederate Side, and ordained Baptist Minister and shoemaker who served in Company A of the 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment of Reserves between 1861 and 1863. At some point, his feelings on slavery changed, and his sympathies shifted to the Union. He taught his slaves to read--though it is not known if he went so far as to free them--and he fed deserters from both the Confederate and Union armies. The Virginia Home Guard took issue with these activities, and members of the Guard, along with neighbors, went to Smith's plantation to confront him. Also with Smith was a nephew, Barton Smith, (1830-1863), a Carroll doctor. He served on the Confederate side as well, assigned as a steward with the regimental surgeon in Company D., 29th Virginia Infantry. Due to his wife's death, Smith was on furlough, but overstayed his leave and was declared AWOL. Joe Smith, a younger son of Jack Smith, was also present. The Smiths were reputedly making shoes for Barton's children. During the confrontation, Smith was shot and died an hour later of his injuries. Barton Smith was killed instantly. Joe Smith was shot through the knee and recovered. According to Smith Family tradition, Norm Shockley, one of the group who went to the plantation to confront Smith, was also shot and survived. He was said to have ask for forgiveness on his deathbed of another of Smith's sons, John Henry, In Smith's killing.(when John Henry Smith my Great Grandpa was ask did he forgive Norm Shockley; he said that is between me, him, and the Lord-He was also a traveling minister) Jack Smith is said to be buried in an unmarked grave beneath a hemlock near where he was killed.