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saying, Thank you, but I am smoking.
The general hoped that before he parted with Mr. Lincoln he would hear that Richmond was in our possession; but after waiting about an hour and a half, he said he must ride on to the front and join Ord's column, and took leave of the President, who shook his hand cordially, and with great warmth of feeling wished him God-speed and every success.
The general and staff had ridden as far as Sutherland's Station — about nine miles-when a despatch from Weitzel overtook him, which had come by a roundabout way. It read: We took Richmond at 8:15 this morning.
I captured many guns.
The enemy left in great haste.
The city is on fire in two places.
Am making every effort to put it out. The people received us with enthusiastic expressions of joy.
Although the news was expected, there were loud shouts of rejoicing from the group who heard it read.
The general, as usual, did not manifest the slightest sign of emotion, and merely remarked: I am sorry