Col. Kirk is a very controversial figure in the Civil War. George Kirk was a native of Greene County,Tn. Kirk originally enlisted in the Confederate Army but deserted early on. It is not clear if Kirk was enthusiastic about the CSA cause or he just joined to avoid punishment for not doing so. After deserting the Confederate Army he became a guide for escaped POWS in East Tn and Western North Carolina. Eventually he recruited Unionist guerrillas. At the age of 25 he became a Col and led deserters, Unionists and Cherokee Indians in the 2nd North Carolina Volunteers in raids behind enemy lines.