Fall of Richmond 1865



Y/M/D Description Place
1865/04/02 During Sunday service, President Davis receives a message that General Lee is withdrawing from Petersburg and will no longer protect Richmond. Davis quietly leaves the church before the end of the service. St Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond
1865/04/02 The retreating CSA soldiers set fire to bridges, the armory and warehouses with supplies. The fire spreads out of control, reaching to the very edge of Capitol Square mostly unchecked. The US Custom House will survive the fire. Lewis F Powell Jr US Courthouse, Richmond
1865/04/03 Mayor Joseph Mayo surrenders the city of Richmond to a Union contingent of about 40 men from the 4th Massachusetts, led by Major Atherton Stevens. Tree Hill, Richmond
1865/04/03 Union Army takes Richmond, Major General Godfrey Weitzel establishes his headquarters in the Confederate White House and Union troops put out the raging fires in the city. White House of the Confederacy, Richmond
1865/04/04 President Lincoln disembarks from Admiral Porter's flag-ship, the Malvern, at Rocketts landing and walks 2 miles to uptown Richmond, accompanied by United States Colored Troops
1865/04/04 President Lincoln visits the Confederate White House and sits in President Jefferson Davis's chair. White House of the Confederacy, Richmond
1865/04/04 President Lincoln, General Weitzel and staff member Thomas Thatcher Graves visit Libby Prison (dismantled in 1899, pieces sold as souvenirs) and Castle Thunder (destroyed by fire in 1879)

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