“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Richmond Evacuation Fire

Richmond Evacuation Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2008
1. Richmond Evacuation Fire Marker
Inscription. After midnight on 3 April 1865, Confederate soldiers set fire to several tobacco warehouses nearby on orders from Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell, as the army evacuated Richmond and marched west. Two distinct fires spread rapidly throughout the commercial and industrial sections of the capital. The core of the burned-out area, some 35 blocks, extended from the James River in some areas as far north as Capitol Square, and from 4th St. east to 16th St. Frightened citizens huddled in Capitol Square while looters rampaged and firefighters battled the fires. The Union army, which occupied the city early on 3 April, finally brought the fires under control in the afternoon.
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA–42.)
Location. 37° 32.289′ N, 77° 26.17′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and 9th Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Anna Maria Lane
Richmond Evacuation Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2008
2. Richmond Evacuation Fire Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bell Tower (about 400 feet away); The Treasury Building of the Confederate States of America (about 400 feet away); Great Turning Basin (about 600 feet away); Edgar Allen Poe (about 600 feet away); Evacuation Fire (about 600 feet away); Evacuation of Richmond (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. Marker is one block south of Capitol Square.
Also see . . .
1. About the Burning of Richmond. First-hand account by H.H. Sturgis, the person who started the fire, published in the Confederate Veteran in 1909. (Submitted on June 5, 2008.) 

2. Burning of Richmond / Last to Cross Mayo’s Bridge. 1897 letter by Lieutenant-Colonel R.T.W. Duke to the Richmond Dispatch. “...I turned and looked back; the city of Richmond was in flames. From all the windows of the Gallego Mills tongues of flame were bursting out; dense clouds of smoke, sparks and flames were reaching skyward. Were I a painter, even now, after thirty-two years, I could paint the scene. The sight was awfully grand. I felt the end was nigh. ...” (Submitted on June 5, 2008.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,199 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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