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Letter from Richmond, with no author or date available. The author of the letter, a soldier, who is writing to an unknown recipient, that he is well, and that he and his regiment have just arrived at Richmond. He reports that the rebels had evacuated the City just before their arrival, and that the Rebels were nearly caught but managed to escape. There was a fire at Capitol Square and a great many homes were destroyed in the fire. Also, the rebels had set fire to all of their boats and to all of the houses that they could set ablaze before they fled from Richmond. Because of their quick departure, many parts of the city did not receive much damage. The letter's author notes that the rebels had to leave some of their cannons. He mentions that thirteen of his regiment were on picket on the Sabbath, and that they were the second regiment to arrive in the Capitol. He also mentions that the former slaves were happy to see them and regarded their arrival in Richmond as their "day of salvation." These slaves were also "delighted" that the Union troops included African Americans. The writer of the letter concludes this letter quickly and without a signature because he is not in a good place to continue writing.




Richmond (Va.), History, Civil War, 1861-1865. United States, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Destruction & pillage, Personal narratives. United States, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, African Americans.


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Letter from Richmond