seventy-two miles, was made in four days and camp was pitched near Manchester
A delay of two or three days gave the officers and men an opportunity to visit the city and see its condition after so long a siege.
The worst feature of it was the havoc produced by the fires set by the retreating Rebels.
Libby Prison and the Prison
Camp on Belle Isle
were places of special interest to those who had experienced their horrors.
The regiment arrived at Manchester
on the 16th of May and remained in camp seven days. On the 23d it began its march from Richmond
and arrived near Hall's Hill
on the 2d of June, about five miles from Washington
, and just outside of Georgetown
will always be associated with the 121st New York because it is the place given on the muster out rolls of the regiment.
This part of the journey homeward was hard and tedious.
Reveille sounded every morning at 3:30 A. M. and sometimes the march was prolonged till after dark.
It rained frequently and the most of the streams had to be forded.
The march was through the section over which the corps had fought during the entire war, past the battle fields of Cold Harbor, Chancellorsville
, The Wilderness, Fredericksburg
, Bull Run
-names that recall terrible experiences and bloody scenes.
tells of a visit he made as follows: “I left the column while on the way and visited the battle ground near Spottsylvania Court House, where the terrible fighting occurred on the 12th of May.
It still bears the marks of the conflict.
It was at this point that two trees, one of twelve inches and one of twenty-three, were cut off by our minnie balls, for we had no batteries in play at that time.
The trunk of one of these trees is now in the Patent Office at Washington
The trees in the vicinity ”