Thursday, May 16, 2013

Journey of the Captives - Freedom March to Annapolis

Saturday, May 16, 1863

On Wednesday afternoon the enlisted men of the Twenty-Seventh Connecticut regiment began their thirty-five mile march from Richmond to City Point for exchange. Crossing the James River into Manchester they advanced along the main turnpike road to Petersburg. After a grueling and exhausting march led by Confederate cavalry the Twenty-Seventh arrived at City Point on Thursday, where they boarded a steamer boat bound for Annapolis. They stopped for the evening at Harrison’s Landing and proceded past Hampton and Newport News, arriving at Annapolis this morning.1

1Winthrop Dudley Sheldon The "Twenty-Seventh," : A Regimental History (New Haven, Connecticut: Morris and Benham, 1866), 64-66.

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