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    [Flag Raising Over Richmond]. John D. Thompson Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 12.5" x 8.5", Richmond, April 5, 1865. Writing to his parents on stolen "Secesh" paper, Sgt. John D. Thompson of the 20th New York Cavalry discusses the capture of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, two days earlier and his subsequent involvement, in part: "You no doubt have seen in the papers that the city of Richmond is ours. The 24th & 25th Army Corps captured the city . . . Col. D.M. Evans planted the stars and stripes on the Capitol on the 3rd . . . Then we patrolled the city and then we went out on a scout . . . I took 11 [prisoners] with 3 men, Captured a boat load of meal & bacon that was on the way to Lee's army. . . . The most of the Citizens were overjoyed to see us especially the colored class. It was a great day with us." The original letter is written in pencil on a captured Confederate Abstract of Disbursements with smoothed folds that are beginning to separate at the edges and some loss of paper at the intersections. It is accompanied by a period transcription, written in pen on 5.75" x 9" sheet of paper.

    Following the defeat of Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Five Forks [April 1, 1865] and with the fall of the city of Petersburg (which had withstood a nearly ten month siege) imminent, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet fled south to safety. The soldiers posted in defense of the city also retreated south, burning bridges and supplies as they went. On April 3, the city was surrendered by the mayor. The following day, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln toured the city over the course of three days with his son, Tad.

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