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ant. From Raleigh, the Gaston railroad runs northeast a distance of eighty-five miles. At Ridgeway, fifty-four miles from Raleigh, it intersects the Roanoke Valley road, which sweeps in a curve from Hicksford junction, on the Petersburg and Weldon road, westward to Clarkesville, a distance of twenty-two miles. This point is on the south bank of the Roanoke, near the junction of the Dan and Staunton rivers, and but a short distance from Boston, on the Richmond and Danville road, thirty-one Sherman has to move from Raleigh to Clarkesville, when he will be twenty-two miles from Hicksford junction, the nearest point of railroad communication with General Grant's left wing. The distance from Stony Creek station, on the Petersburg and Weldon road, which is within General Grant's lines, to Hicksford junction, is only twenty-one miles, so that Sherman's right and Grant's left would only be forty-three miles, by rail, apart. There are numerous indications that the grand battle-fiel
highways of the hostile armies, the following tables of distances will be found convenient for reference by the students of the situation: Wilmington and Weldon. From Wilmington toMiles.From Wilmington toMiles. Northeast10Magnolia49 Marlboro'12Warsaw56 Rocky Point15Bowden60 Burgaw23Faison64 South Washington30Mount Ogh toFrom Raleigh toMiles. Huntsville10Warrenton58 Forrestville16Macon62 Franklinton25Littleton73 Kitrell's35Summit79 Henderson42Gaston82 Ridgeway Junction55Weldon94 Roanoke Valley. From Ridgeway Junction toMiles.From Ridgeway Junction toMiles. Townesville10Clarksville22 Richmond and Danville. From RichmonWilson's27Franklin's87 Wellville31Appomattox99 Blacks and Whites37Spout Spring105 Nottoway Courthouse42Concord110 Burkesville52Lynchburg123 Rice's61 Petersburg and Weldom. From Petersburg toMiles.From Petersburg toMiles. Reama's10Hicksford Junction43 Stony Creek22Pleasant Hill50 Jarrett's30Weldon64 Bellfield40