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The color lithograph depicts the Fall of Richmond, when Grant overtook the city in April 1865. During the event, Jefferson Davis, his cabinet, and other Confederate defenders fled the city on the Richmond and Danville railroad. In the image, the city is shown from the river. Multiple fires blaze throughout the city as a long train of coaches, horses, and soldiers evacuate over the bridge.


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

ca. 1865


10 X 14 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

ink on paper


recto, below image: PUB'D BY CURRIER & IVES, Entered according to Act of Congress AD 1865, by Currier & Ives, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of N.Y. 152 NASSAU ST. N.Y. / THE FALL OF RICHMOND VA ON THE NIGHT OF APRIL 2ND A865. / This strong hold and Capital City of the Davis Confederacy, was evacuated by the Rebels in consequence of the defeat at "Five Forks" of the Army of Northern Virginia / under Lee, and capture of the South side Rail Road, by the brave heroes of the North, commanded by Generals Grant, Sheridan and others.-Before abandoning the City the / Rebels set fire to it destroying a vast amount of property; and the conflagration continued until it was subdued by the Union troops in the following morning. / 860.


Richmond (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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The Fall of Richmond VA on the Night of April 2nd 1865.



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