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Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Union Army Enters Richmond

 
 
Union Army Enters Richmond Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, 1994
1. Union Army Enters Richmond Marker
Inscription. Here Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel, commander of the Army of the James, entered and took possession of Richmond at 8:15 A.M. on 3 April 1865 after receiving the surrender of the confederate capital a few miles east. The first units of Weitzel's command to enter the city were six regiments of Brig. Gen. Edward H. Ripley's 1st Brigade of the XXIVth Army Corps, and U.S. Colored Troops from infantry and cavalry regiments of the XXVth Army Corps. During the next twenty-four hours, the Union troops extinguished the fire that destroyed almost 40 blocks extending along the river and north to Capitol Square, restored order, and occupied Confederate office buildings.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA 41.)
 
Location. 37° 31.155′ N, 77° 24.945′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 5) and Nicholson Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4400 East Main Street, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rocketts Landing (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Rocketts Landing
Looking up the James River toward Richmond Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
2. Looking up the James River toward Richmond
(approx. 0.2 miles away); People-Technology-Commerce-Warfare (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossing the Atlantic (approx. mile away); Mechanics of Slavery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Despair of Slavery (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Navy Yard of the Confederate States (approx. 0.4 miles away); Powhatan Stone (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Godrey Weitzel. The man who took Richmond. (Submitted on December 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. United States Colored Troops Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour identifies all the HMdb markers included in the Historical Marker database, so far. (Submitted on December 11, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. USCT
 
Categories. African AmericansMilitaryPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Facing West on East Main Street toward Richmond Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
3. Facing West on East Main Street toward Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,193 times since then and 87 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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