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‘He finds his house in ruins’—illustrations for Grady's words

Fire-swept homes

Nothing but bare walls

The path of destruction

Work of the flames

A vista of havoc

A once beautiful mansion

On this page appear homes and public buildings wrecked by the conflagration during the evacuation of Richmond on the night of April 2, 1865. The flames swept up from the river, threatening to devour the whole town. The Union troops, arriving about eight o'clock on the morning of April 3d, found the city a scene of wild confusion. They were ordered to press into service every able-bodied man. Only with great difficulty were the flames extinguished by two o'clock. A beautiful residence-district lay utterly devastated.


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