Here I found that a number of our boys had already assembled.
By 10 o'clock next morning nearly every member of the command which had marched to Lynchburg
then formed us in line and said:
has ordered me to meet him at Salem
, Roanoke county
, with my battalion.
From there we expect to go South and join General Joseph E. Johnston
I want every man to feel that he is at liberty to do as he pleases.
Those who are willing to accompany me will side to the right and form in line.’
in the meantime had fastened our banner to a crude staff, under which every Marylander
present rallied, and with Colonel Dorsey
at the head of the little band, we moved forward, passing through Waynesboro
, encamping for the night five miles south of the town.
At sunrise the march was resumed, and proceeded southward for three days and a half, passing through Greenville
, Midway, Fairfield
We crossed the James river
and reached Cloverdale
at noon on Saturday, April 29, 1865.
We then went into camp and the men were given their discharge.
The following address was read to the men by Lieutenant Ditty
The farewell address.