"It took several days for the Regiment to reach Richmond. They travelled by train, but railways were of varying sizes and gauges and serviced by their own depots. Thus in any major city the troops were forced to detrain, march across town, and board another railway line. They had left Montgomery in first class coaches, but were later shuttled into box cars. The box cars were very crowded and it was difficult to sleep. However, the men made the best of it and enjoyed their time at the different stations. They were greeted by the local ladies who cheered for them and threw bouquets, etc. The mountain country had beautiful scenery. They saw only one Union flag along the way, in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. The Confederate troops that had passed through the area the day before had been fired upon. They finally arrived in Richmond at about 9:00 PM on June 9, 1861."