his commission in order that Major Kidder
might be commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel
The itinerary of the march from Appomattox
was as follows: April 11th through New Store
to the vicinity of Little Willis River
, April 12th through Farmville
to Sandy River
. April 13th past Rice's Station on the South Side railroad to Burksville
It was at Rice's Station that the battle was being fought at the time of our fight at Sailor's Creek
, and being won by our forces, and which cut off any possible escape of the Confederates
in that direction, after the surrender of Ewell
gives his experiences with the citizens of Virginia
in a very interesting manner: “We met a great many more of the citizens of the country than we had in the pursuit of Lee
, and had opportunity to talk with them.
They claimed that they had been impoverished, had no negroes, no stock and no seed to put in a crop, and saw nothing before them but starvation.
Many of them availed themselves of the generosity of the government to draw supplies from our commissaries.
Most of them had been at one time or another in the Confederate army, and some had been disabled by wounds or broken down by disease contracted in camp.
These men were the most steadfast in their allegiance to the Rebel
Some went so far as to predict a renewal of the war, saying that the South
was not conquered, but worn out.”
A large and motley company of colored people assembled at Burksville Junction and these also were dependent upon the government for their sustenance.
On the 13th of April the corps began an advance to Danville
, one hundred miles south of Burksville
and on the border of North Carolina