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Page “Emilie learns of the fall of the Confederate capital, Richmond.”

April 1-3, 1865

Saturday, April 1, 1865

lovely morning home all Day in the evening i went Down home Nell and went out shoping EJ is quite sick with a cold

Sunday, 2

beutiful morning i went to church we heard a very good Discours from one of the Students in the after noon Dr Jones held for the Vincent ever constant was up in the evening

Monday, 3

beutiful day i have bin quite busy all day in the afternoon i went down to Ellens to rejoce over the good newes Richmond has fallen

Special dispatches to The Philadelphia Inquirer ensured Philadelphians that General Grant would capture Richmond in less than three days.

Annotation 1

On April 2, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee ordered the final evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. On April 3, 1865, the Philadelphia Inquirer published special dispatches dated April 1, 1865. They stated, “all anxiously look for the final and complete overthrow of the Rebel army, and the capture of Richmond in less than three days.” The 6th and 22nd Regiments of the U.S.C.T. served at the siege of Petersburg. Both were mustered out of Camp William Penn in Philadelphia. William A. Gladstone, United States Colored Troops: 1863-1876, Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1990, 109,116.


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