Category Archives: Virginia

August 25, 1865: Welcome, Johnson!

The New York Times reports that the (white) citizens of Richmond invite the new President to visit. A little sucking up as they try to reestablish their hegemony in the state? RICHMOND.; President Johnson and the Cabinet Invited to Visit … Continue reading

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May 17, 1865: Reconstruction of Virginia

Johnson takes a hard line on Virginia. The executive order of President JOHNSON respecting Virginia, makes thorough work. It is a complete wiping out of four years of the civil history of the State, as far as rebels had to … Continue reading

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May 5, 1865: Arrest Extra Billy

Halleck orders the arrest of the Governor of Virginia, William “Extra Billy” Smith. Official Records: RICHMOND, VA., May 5, 1865-4 p. m. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, or Major-General SCHOFIELD: Endeavor to arrest Governor “Extra” Billy Smith. He is believed … Continue reading

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April 9, 1865: Appomattox

Grant sends Sherman news of the surrender. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, Appomattox Court-House, Va., April 9, 1865. Major-General SHERMAN: General Grant directs me to forward the following correspondence for your information: ***************************************************** APPOMATTOX COURT-HOUSE, April 9, … Continue reading

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April 8, 1865: Sherman and Grant plan the end

Sherman, having finally heard from Grant after the fall of Richmond, repeats his plans in detail. He will pursue Johnston, with Grant pursuing Lee, hoping to push them together and corner them. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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April 6, 1865: Grant and Sherman starting to get in touch

Joe Johnston ********************************************************** Grant and Sherman still don’t really have communications established. Sherman finally got the news about the fall of Richmond. Grant’s telling him to “push Johnston”, and fortunately that’s what Sherman plans to do anyway until he hears … Continue reading

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April 3, 1865: Grant to Sherman — “This army has now won a most decisive victory.”

Grant tells Sherman about the fall of Richmond. Official Records: SUTHERLAND’S STATION, SOUTH SIDE RAILROAD, April 3, 1865. Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commanding Military Division of the Mississippi: GENERAL: The movements of which I spoke to you when you … Continue reading

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April 1, 1865: The Richmond Daily Dispatch scoffs

The Richmond Daily Dispatch can hear the cannons from the battle, but they don’t believe there’s really an attack going on. This is the last issue they’ll put out until December. The News. The Richmond and Petersburg lines. All continues, … Continue reading

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March 29, 1865: Filthy Yankees

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that some of Sherman’s cavalry troops are being housed as prisoners in Richmond. Even for dirty Yankees, these appear to be noteworthy. It’s not surprising, considering that they have been living rough with very little … Continue reading

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March 28, 1865: Sherman in Virginia

Sherman is in City Point to meet with Grant and Lincoln, and soon with his brother John. Stanton sends his prayers. Official Records: CITY POINT, VA., March 28, 1865. (Received 2. 10 p. m.) Honorable E. M. STANTON: I await … Continue reading

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