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Knoxville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
The remaining six, after many rebuffs, found accommodations at a Mr. James', who lived about three miles and a half from the Ford. This gentleman had retired when we arrived, about nine o'clock, but arose, had supper cooked for us, sleeping apartments arranged, and treated us with the greatest hospitality. He is one of the most perfect gentlemen I have met during this march. He informed us that the Yankee forces left Lincolnton on last Sunday morning, and have gone in the direction of Knoxville. He seems to believe the report which we have heard all along our route, of the prevalence of an armistice of sixty days duration between Johnston and Sherman. He thought it very probable that the former has disbanded his army, and the war has ceased for the present. He doubts the truth of French intervention, rumors of which have prevailed along our route of travel, as he has seen no confirmation of them. 29th. Left Mr. James' about eight o'clock, and marched until nearly 2 P. M.,
Danville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
troops, and the evacuation of Petersburg. It is supposed that these troops are going in the direction of Burkeville or Danville. 24th. Received orders today to hold ourselves in readiness to move at a moment's warning. 25th. Expecting to reers this evening, and have this place early tomorrow morning, as an escort for General S. Cooper, who hopes to start for Danville at that time. This afternoon waited upon Major Walcott for the purpose of obtaining our paroles. He endorsed upon the d. Having a drunken conductor in charge of the train, we were detained much longer than we expected, and did not reach Danville until 7 P. M. We found a large force of Yankees camped just outside the town, and a good number of blue coated guards in. These, however, treated us very civilly. We placed our baggage in a box car and slept there all uight. 7th. Left Danville at 5 A. M. and arrived at Burkville without any noteworthy adventure. Continued the journey to Petersburg, at which pla
Salem (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
s army, are not within the terms of agreement between Generals Johnston and Sherman, and, consequently, do not need paroles under it, but can go quietly to their homes, reporting themselves when circumstances require it, as belonging to General Lee's army. F. Walcott, Major U. S. A. In answer to an inquiry as to whether we were considered as prisoners or no, he answered in the negative, and told us we were at liberty to go wheresoever we might please. In consideration of the fact that Salem, Mobile, Montgomery, Augusta, and, in fact, every point of note along the route to the Trans-Mississippi Department, is in Yankee possession; in view, also, of the orders and advice of General Breckenridge, Secretary of War, which were to the effect that the soldiers should return quietly to their homes and await the turn of future events, we determined to go back to Richmond, and settle down as quietly as possible, until we could find an opportunity for doing our country further service. W
Jamestown, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
Arriving there, we drew rations of flour, rice, ham, salt for three days, which we had cooked by paying a pair of shoes. We slept in the car at night and enjoyed ourselves very well. 5th. This morning a detachment of Yankee soldiers entered the town for the purpose of taking charge of it. Very shortly after, a division or so of Confederate troops passed through the place with colors flying and bands playing. We left Salisbury at 11 A. M., and passing through Thomasville, High Point, Jamestown, and arrived at Greensboro about 4 P. M. When we arrived at Greensboro, we were informed by Colonel John W. Reily, A. A. G., that it would be necessary for us to obtain our parole here, as Yankee guards would be upon the trains, and would demand our papers. In order to avoid future trouble, he advised us to obtain them here. In obedience to his counsel, we waited upon Captain I. L. Don, Provost Marshal, who furnished us with Paroles. There are quite a number of Yankee troops in the place
Greensboro (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
omething definite there, and if we could not do so, then to carry out our intention of reporting to General Johnston at Greensboro. Upon further consultation, we determined to adopt this course. We appear to have created quite a sensation here. Wed bands playing. We left Salisbury at 11 A. M., and passing through Thomasville, High Point, Jamestown, and arrived at Greensboro about 4 P. M. When we arrived at Greensboro, we were informed by Colonel John W. Reily, A. A. G., that it would be neceGreensboro, we were informed by Colonel John W. Reily, A. A. G., that it would be necessary for us to obtain our parole here, as Yankee guards would be upon the trains, and would demand our papers. In order to avoid future trouble, he advised us to obtain them here. In obedience to his counsel, we waited upon Captain I. L. Don, Prov place, who behave themselves very well, and seem disposed to be friendly toward Confederate soldiers. 6th. We left Greensboro at 11 A. M., and changed cars at Cedar Creek, the bridge over which has been burned. Having a drunken conductor in ch
Mayo River (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
st be allowed to accommodate some of the party. Four of the party therefore stayed at her house, where they were treated as if they were her own children. At Mr. Zentmeyer's, the household seemed to vie with the other as to who should treat us with the greatest consideration and kindness. 23d. Leaving Mr. Zentmeyer's quite early this morning we struck out for Mr. Edward Tatum's from whom we were to obtain direction for our further route. On our way we crossed the North Branch of the Mayo river and passing over the hill struck through the woods by a path, which we thought agreed with the directions of Mr. Zentmeyer; after following this path for a short distance we met a gentleman who informed us we were going directly away from the point to which we were aiming. As he was going in that direction for a short distance he volunteered to act as our guide; we joyfully accepted his proposal and followed him through a by-path which led us over quite a rugged road, at length we came o
Salem (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
the Fincastle party to return; the hours passed and night came on, and they did not arrive; suppose they stopped for the purpose of having clothes made, and we concluded to wait until tomorrow, and if they did not come, to continue our journey to Salem, as it is possible they have passed to that place by some other road. 18th. The Fincastle party arrived here this morning about 10:30 o'clock; after resting a spell we continued our march in the direction of Big Lick where Major Wilson had amodations to a stranger within the same house in which any of their family or sect are sleeping. No man, however wealthy, is allowed to be without a daily occupation. They seem to be an honest, industrious, sober minded, intelligent people. At Salem they have a Female Institute in progress, which is said to be the finest conducted of its class in the South. We slept in a very neat little school house, and ate at different houses. 26th. Crossed the Yadkin River today at Glenn's Ferry, ab
Dan River (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
termined to put on a bold front and take the risks. Either because the size of our party intimidated them or because they imagined that a body of men that were bold enough to march through this country which had for so long a time been a terror to all travellers must also be a very troublesome set in a fight, or because they had been too much scattered by the recent defeat which they had sustained, we were not molested on our journey. At about 12 o'clock we arrived at Buck Island Pond on Dan river, which is a rapid rocky stream at that point. Here several of the party waded across the water, being in no place more than two and a half feet deep, and finding a boat upon the other side and a good place above the ford to ferry it started for the remainder of the boys. All of them were gotten over without accident or adventure until the last boat full. For this Todd volunteered to act as ferryman, and in one of his fits of mischief nearly succeeded in carrying the boat over some rapid
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
y, 1865. From Petersburg to Appomattox, thence to North Carolina to join Johnston's Army. By Harry C. Townsend, Corporaxceptions, were actuated by the determination to reach North Carolina if it were possible. The party with which I connectedo make for the Blue Ridge Mountains and travel down to North Carolina. After marching through the woods about four miles we, W. P. Gretter) and seven continuing their journey to North Carolina (E. G. Steane, Harrison Sublett, John W. Todd, Henry C surrendered at all, and it was their duty to go on to North Carolina. This was deemed sufficient by the majority of the paets. 20th. Marched today on what is called the Old North Carolina Road, after going some five miles were on account of icrossed the dividing line between the Old Dominion and North Carolina quite early this morning and made our debut before the closely than any that I have seen since I crossed the North Carolina line. 28th. Took the road for Island Ford on the C
Bethania (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.9
y, a more central position. It contains about three times as many dwellings as the latter place, a few of which are very pretty; the majority of them, however, have an old and seedy appearance. Left here immediately after dinner and arrived at Bethania, or Housetown, as it is more commonly called, at about six o'clock. Four of our party we left at Mr. Jones', four at Mr. Samuel Stanbers, outs de the town, while the remaining four obtained accommodations in the town. The first two parties farenstitute in progress, which is said to be the finest conducted of its class in the South. We slept in a very neat little school house, and ate at different houses. 26th. Crossed the Yadkin River today at Glenn's Ferry, about nine miles from Bethania and marched on to Yadkinsville, fifteen miles distant. After passing the river about two miles, we reached the residence of Mr. Glenn, a most beautiful place. Here we obtained three canteens full of sorghum beer, which was very little more than
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