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Ruins in Richmond as the war was drawing to a close

These faithful reproductions show the desolation war leaves in its track. The paper mill is a mass of ruins, with no power to turn the burnt and broken rollers. The railroad track is a heap of twisted wreckage, with the blasted engine hopelessly beyond repair. Of the bridge nothing remains but a row of granite pillars and the misplaced and useless signals. These views exhibit the stupendous task that all over the South awaited the returning Confederate solider who had received his parole at the final surrenders and begun life again.

A Richmond paper mill in 1865: on the page facing the same spot forty-six years later

Train in Richmond in 1865: the end of its service

Richmond in 1865: the useless signals


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