thereafter to make for the Blue Ridge Mountains
and travel down to North Carolina
After marching through the woods about four miles we halted for the night in an old tobacco barn, which we found deserted and in a very retired spot.
It was a very pleasant situation for a camp, having a bountiful supply of wood on all sides, while water was furnished by a pretty little branch which threaded its tortuous way through a shallow ravine and a gravelled bed and through the long grass.
The banks of the little streamlet were covered with a luxuriant growth of broom-straw which afforded a most welcome repose for our wearied limbs, and where we could enjoy the freshness of the scenery.
The romantic aspect with which the circumstances invested the picture, the noise of the babling water, the happy song of the birds, the delicious temperature of the wind which fanned our cheeks and cooled our brows, and the pleasant thoughts which would spring up despite the many adverse circumstances in our present situation.
Here we cooked, washed and made our arrangements for the night.
Arose at sunrise, cooked and ate breakfast and took up the line of march for Colonel Walker
's upon James River
, at which place we understood that we could obtain transportation across the river.
We arrived there in a very short time, and were ferried across by one of Colonel Walker
's negroes, whom we paid thirty dollars for the kindness.
Before embarking, we made an exchange with some of his other servants of some coffee for two dozen eggs.
After gettiug across we took the road for Amherst Courthouse, which was distant about twelve miles. On the road met a great many stragglers whose report was that General Lee
had surrendered his whole force to the Yankee Army
under General Grant
L——of the artillery was one of these stragglers, and was not the least demoralized of them.
His horse's head was turned toward Richmond
, and this was, we supposed, his destination.
However, we paid no attention to these rumors, and marched on to within five miles of the Courthouse
, when we came to a forked road which puzzled us. To settle the difficulty, we sent out scouts to a neighboring house, at which, we received directions to turn aside from our intended route, as the Yankees
were reported to be in possession of Amherst Courthouse.
The proprietor of the place advised us to make for Buffalo Springs
, some twenty-five miles distant. This gentleman was kind enough to give us eight quarts of meal, which was very liberal, considering that he was, himself,