VA-V40 Surrender of Richmond


At daybreak on 3 April 1865, Federal troops formed to march into Richmond. A cavalry detachment under Majos Atherton H. Stevens, Jr. and Eugene E. Graves moved up the Osborne Road. Here they met Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo, who handed Stevens a note of surrender for the city. Stevens accepted the note and had it forwarded to Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel. At 8:15 A.M. at Richmond's city hall, Weitzel formally accepted the terms of surrender. The Union forces assisted in extinguishing the fires, started at around dawn by Confederate soldiers; by midafternoon order had begun to be restored to the city.

Department of Historic Resources, 2002.

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