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Danville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richmond & Danville Railroad

Reconstruction Period

 
 
Richmond & Danville Railroad CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2013
1. Richmond & Danville Railroad CWT Marker
Inscription. When Confederate President Jefferson Davis was informed April 2, 1865, that Petersburg had fallen and Federal armies were approaching, he used the Richmond & Danville Railroad to evacuate his government to Danville.

Ten days later, after Davis’ refugee government continued south, the rail bridge crossing the Dan River barely escaped demolition orders issued by Confederate Gen. Lunsford L. Lomax.

Danville Mayor J.M. Walker protested the order as a useless and unjustified sacrifice of public property and asked that the order be suspended.

On April 27, 1865, the Union Sixth Corps arrived in Danville. An entire division of 8,000 soldiers was moved from Danville to Burkeville May 2-5.

Eighteen thousand men made the trip to Manchester on the Richmond and Danville, May 10-22. By June more than 800 soldiers a day, some Union moving north, some paroled prisoners moving south, used the road. Total soldier traffic reached 15,600.

In 1894, the Richmond & Danville and dozens of its associated lines were absorbed by the new Southern Railway Company, becoming part of a rail empire expanding to more than 8,000 miles. Even though automobiles, buses and airplanes have swallowed the declining passenger lines, and the signs at the stations on the old Richmond & Danville now read: “Freight Service
Richmond & Danville Railroad CWT Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2013
2. Richmond & Danville Railroad CWT Markers
Only,” the railroad of Whitmell P. Tunstall still performs a vital role in the system that serves the South.

”It requires courage and patriotism to achieve a great enterprise. Ignorance and vulgarity may abuse it. The prize is before you; to win it, you have only to will it. – Despise it; ther are others eager to clutch it.” – Whitmell P. Tunstall, 1850
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 35.129′ N, 79° 23.067′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Craghead Street east of Bridge Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 Craghead St, Danville VA 24540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Richmond & Danville Railroad (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Richmond & Danville Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Worsham Street Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Danville Tobacco Warehouse and Residential District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Prison No. 6 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prison Number 6 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Loyal Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Danville Fortifications (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Danville.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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