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departure of the government Richmond was in flames, and all the hopes of the Southern Confederacy were consumed in one day, as a scroll in the fire. In the midst of the awful conflagration the Federal troops marched in and gazed upon the funeral pile of Southern hopes. In the meanwhile General Lee, with the remnant of his army, was struggling through deep and miry roads towards Farmville. He hoped to be able to reach Danville and establish a new defensive line along the Roanoke and Dan rivers, but the Federals, fresh and well-equipped, moving rapidly with heavy cavalry forces by parallel roads on his left, cut off that line of retreat, and the only alternative was to push directly to Lynchburg. The dispirited, weary and famished Confederates dropped out of ranks constantly as their lines straggled along the wretched roads, until less than ten thousand remained when they reached Appomattox Courthouse. But they stood ready in their pitiable condition to give battle at the sign