A History of the United States since the Civil War - Vol. 1

A History of the United States since the Civil War - Vol. 1

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A History of the United States since the Civil War - Vol. 1

A History of the United States since the Civil War - Vol. 1

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On Sunday morning, April 2, 1865, when Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, sitting in a pew in St. Paul's Church in Richmond, received a message from General Lee, saying that his lines had been broken, and that the city must be evacuated, the great Civil War was rapidly nearing its end. The rest of that day and the ensuing night were occupied with the business of departure. The President, the officers of his hard-pressed government, with their records and funds, and many of the citizens, left the place used so long by the Confederacy as its capital, which so many lives and so much treasure had been expended in seeking to capture on the one side and in defending on the other. The next day, April 3, Federal troops entered to take formal possession, and on the next following day, Tuesday, April 4, President Lincoln, with Admiral Porter and a few other companions, under guard, was landed from a barge, and walked into the city, now abandoned by its inhabitants and in flames, for an inspection of the scene.

Meantime General Lee, bent upon the salvation of his gallant army, led it out of its untenable position toward Danville in the hope of effecting a junction with General Joseph E. Johnston. Grant barred the way, and Lee changed his course; he now would reach Lynchburg. But the escape of a crumbling military force from such an antagonist was not within mortal compass, and on April 9 the two opposing . . .

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