I have been doing research on Reconstruction Era micro-conflicts, out of curiosity, and came across this brief paragraph in a Wikipedia article about the Kirk-Holden War:
The Klan retaliated and thirty of its members members marched on the small town of Pittsboro intent on taking it over. Kirk's forces gathered and the Klan pulled back, with Kirk in pursuit.
In the forest of Chatham county a bloody battle ensued, though little is known about the events. After several similar skirmishes the war was over.
I did several google searches about this "battle" in the "forest of Chatham county", yet I find nothing at all about it. All other google sources just describe this conflict as a big intimidation campaign, with no direct confrontations.
Did this "battle" actually happen? If so, does anyone know more details about it? To me, it is interesting as it is the only case that I know of where the Klan actually engaged local, state, and/or federal military forces in direct battle, which was quite unlike its traditional tactics.
The other major anti Reconstruction groups that I know of, the Red Shirts and the White League, did engage in direct skirmishes with military forces (but usually melted away in the face of overwhelming force).
I am not suggesting that I support any of these organizations by mentioning them. I am just asking this question out of curiosity only.