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The message of General Lee was to the effect that the military would all be withdrawn by 12 o'clock that night, and the city left in charge of the civil authorities. The Council, informally assembled at Mr. Paul's, then agreed to divide up into squads of two or more, and to meet again at 4 o'clock the next morning to take the several routes leading into the city to meet and surrender the city to the Federal forces. Mayor Townes and myself were to take the direction of Cox road and the Dupuy road, and to pass through what was then known as the ‘Model Farm,’ the open field immediately west of the corporation line, through which the Petersburg and Asylum Railway now runs. After leaving Mr. Paul's residence, the Mayor and myself walked the streets during the entire night, and as we walked, Lee's soldiers, in large bodies, in squads, and singly, passed along through the streets towards the bridges over the Appomattox leading into Chesterfield County. All of them had well nigh passed before daybreak of Monday morning, but now and then would be seen a disabled man making his way in the direction of the bridges across the Appomattox, declaring, when cautioned by us that he would be captured, that he would take the risk. The dawn of day finally came and found the Mayor and myself, pursuant to the plan agreed upon, on our way to meet the Federals, expected to come in from the west. At daybreak we had reached the ‘Model Farm,’ and were plodding cautiously through it, westwardly, with our flag of truce flying—a white handkerchief fastened on a walking-cane. For some distance we walked forward without seeing a soldier, and, as we thought, without being ourselves seen.


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