Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Evacuation of Richmond
Before dawn on Monday, April 3rd, naval vessels and military stores were blown up, bringing people out on the streets. Many gathered near Shockoe Slip where warehouses of provisions had been opened up. Looting began and mobs formed, attracting deserters, escaped prisoners, and others, many drunk on whiskey.
Around 7:30 a.m. on the 3rd, the last Confederate forces moved out of Richmond crossing Mayo’s Bridge at 14th Street. The bridge was set fire just as the first Union soldiers arrived. Chaos reigned.
Location. 37° 32.267′ N, 77° 26.302′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Cary Street and South 8th Street. Click for map. This marker is located along the Dominion Building plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 East Cary Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Evacuation Fire (here, next to this marker); Downtown Richmond Millsites (within shouting distance of this marker); Basin Race (within shouting distance of this marker); Kanawha Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canal Walk (about 400 feet away); The First National Bank Building (about 500 feet away); Richmond Evacuation Fire (about 700 feet away); Great Turning Basin (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On top is an image of the "Evacuation of Richmond" with the caption, "View north, Mayo’s Bridge at 14th Street in foreground. This 1865 Currier & Ives print, while dramatic, is not historically accurate. The bridges, including Mayo’s, were set fire early, before the flames had spread through the city, and before the Arsenal went up and its shells began to explode. (Courtesy of Valentine Museum)"
Also see . . .
1. The Fall of Richmond. Civil War Preservation Trust. (Submitted on January 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. The Fall of Richmond. Historynet-America’s Civil War. (Submitted on January 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. The Fall of Richmond. Civil War Richmond. (Submitted on January 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Notable Events • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,534 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.