of the movement was to interpose between Johnston
's army and Lynchburg
A great portion of the journey was made along the railroad track.
It was a primitive form of railroad.
Long sleepers were mortised into the ties and on the top of the sleepers heavy straps of iron were spiked, on which the cars ran. This march was one of the most remarkable the corps ever made.
In four days and four hours from the time the head of the column drew out of camp at Burksville
it entered the streets of Danville
While on the last day's march news was received of the assassination of President Lincoln
and his death.
“A thrill of horror and rage ran through the ranks, and it would have fared badly for any armed Rebels who fell into our hands at that time.”
was a village of considerable importance.
A Confederate prison camp and hospital were located there, and it was one of the centers of supply for the Confederate army defending Richmond
Consequently there were gathered there large stores of every thing needed for the support of the army, the hospital, the prison and the inhabitants.
All these fell into our hands, and the city was delivered up to General Wright
by the civil authorities to whom it had been turned over by the military officers
's surrender, rendered our stay at Danville
no longer necessary, and only three or four days were spent there.
The 6th Corps arrived at Danville
on the 27th of April.
surrendered the same day and on the 1st of May the corps began its march northward to Washington
The 121st was ordered to take the train leaving Danville
at 8 A. M. for Burksville
and there await further orders.
The march from Burksville