Passing beyond the bridge on the road to Buchanan
we stopped for the night at Dr. Arnold
's where we were hospitably received and treated.
The skies this morning were very sombre, the rain fell in torrents, and made us very loathe to leave the nice beds into which Dr. Arnold
's kindness had put us. We were very agreeably surprised by the coming up of five of the party who left us on yesterday.
S. B. Ayres
, T. E. Ayres
, Frank J. Barnes, Jr.
, J. W. Seay
, Jos. T. Carter
Shortly after we separated on yesterday, this other party met General Pendleton
, who was returning to his home, being a paroled prisoner of war. He told them they had misinterpreted General Lee
's order, that they were not surrendered at all, and it was their duty to go on to North Carolina
This was deemed sufficient by the majority of the party, who immediately retraced their steps, and endeavored to rejoin our party.
The other four continued their march to Lynchburg
This action grieved us a great deal, and somewhat surprised us. After an excellent breakfast at Dr. Arnold
's, we started on our days march, although with many misgivings.
We proceeded about one mile, when we reached the diminutive village of Springfield
, where we found a vacant house, which afforded us a hospitable shelter from the almost drowning rains.
During our resting spell we had some bread cooked at a Mrs. Heck
's, who added to her kindness by a gift of about a gallon of butter milk and a pound of butter, both of which were exceedingly acceptable.
About one o'clock we took up our line of march again, as the rain had subsided, reached Buchanan
about five o'clock, crossing the James River
in a ferry boat, the proprietor charging us $30 for bringing us across, besides speaking to us in a very insolent manner.
We had expected to obtain rations and clothing at the quartermaster department at Buchanan
, but upon making known our hopes to Captain Duncan
, the post quartermaster, he informed us that it would be impossible for him to supply us, as all of his supplies were issued.
This rather perplexed us for a short time, as we had depended upon this mode as the basis of our hopes for supper and breakfast, but by the kindness of Dr. Hamilton
, we obtained accommodations at his house and at Mr. Wm. D. Crouch
and Colonel J. T. Lochbridge
's, distributing the party among the three.
The citizens of Buchanan
are certainly a hospitable set.
, after having the $30 returned to us that we paid for crossing the river (through the kindness of Mr.