, where a rest of three hours was taken, and then the march was continued across to the ‘Three-Chop’ road, some 15 miles, to Hadensville, where camp was taken at 11 p. m. Evidence of destruction of property of all kinds lined the roads that Rosser
Marching again on the 15th, by way of Thompson
's cross-roads, Payne's mill
, Salem church, the Louisa
road and Goodall
's tavern, Ashland
was reached and bivouac taken at 11 p. m., the enemy having been driven from that place about dark, by a force from Richmond
On the 16th Rosser
moved toward Hanover Court House.
On the 27th of March the brigades of Jackson
, returning to the lower Valley, reached Churchville
, eight miles northwest of Staunton
, having turned back from following after Sheridan
at Hanover Junction
On the 30th, Gen. L. L. Lomax
was ordered to take command of the Valley district.
On April 3d rumors reached Staunton
, first that Richmond
had been evacuated, and second that the Federals
were again coming up the Valley
, and that some 300 had reached Woodstock
, but that Col. C. T. O'Ferrall
had attacked these in their camp at Hawkinstown and routed them.
Lomax at once impressed teams to haul his stores to Lexington
On the 4th the enemy advanced to Fisher's Hill
and on the 5th to Maurertown
, the Confederate cavalry skirmishing with them as they advanced.
On the 6th, report having arrived that the enemy had again retired down the Valley
started toward Lexington
and marched ten miles. On the 7th, passing through Lexington
and by way of the mouth of Buffalo
, the march was continued to the Rope Ferry
, on James river
below Balcony Falls, a distance of 46 miles. Great excitement prevailed among the people, and wild rumors of every kind were flying about.
On Saturday, April 8th, Lomax
continued his march down the James
, by the Amherst
road, to Lynchburg
, reaching there with his staff about 2 p. m., followed by his command after dark.
That city was found greatly excited at the near approach of the enemy from the west, a few hundred as reported, and the citizens had determined to surrender the place.
soon restored confidence, and collecting convalescents and other soldiers that had straggled in, he took possession of the trenches covering the front of the city; but soon learning that the