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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 15. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Introduction. (search)
but sadly reduced Army of Northern Virginia had made good its way in its retreat westwardly toward Amelia Courthouse. The intention was to take the direction of Danville, and turn to our advantage the good line for resistance offered by the Dan and Staunton rivers. The activity of the Federal cavalry and the want of supplies comf his infantry and the general advance of his army toward Burkeville. This deprived us of the use of the railroad, and rendered it impracticable to procure from Danville the supplies ordered to meet us at points of our march. Nothing could be obtained from the adjacent country. Our route to the Roanoke was therefore changed, annder Longstreet and Gordon, moved steadily on the road to Appomattox Courthouse, thence its march was ordered by Campbell Courthouse, through Pittsylvania toward Danville. The roads were wretched, and the progress slow. By great efforts the head of the column reached Appomattox Courthouse on the evening of the 8th, and the troop