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Chapter 54: capture of Richmond.--the destruction of the Confederate fleet in the James River, etc. Assembling of the naval vessels in Hampton Roads and on the James River. operations of the armies around Richmond. President Lincoln visits City Point. the memorable council on board the River Queen. decision of the council. the terms of surrender offered to General Johnston. ability of the Confederate generals. the example of President Lincoln. the Confederate iron-clads bloc
he Navy, not being governed by any feelings of rancor towards the Confederate sympathizers on shore, stood ready to shield from harm many who had been the bitterest foes of the Union.
Meanwhile, a large number of naval vessels assembled in Hampton Roads and on the James River, in anticipation of coming events, for all eyes now centred on Richmond, where General Lee and his army of veterans were making their final stand with little prospect of success against the overwhelming force brought to