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    [Fall of Richmond]. Richard F. Andrews Autograph Letter Signed with a Fragment of the Flag which Flew over Richmond. Four integral pages, 8" x 10", Richmond [Virginia], April 4, 1865. Capt. Richard Andrews, writing home to his wife on "rebel paper," which he comments is "...poor stuff...," regarding the fall of the Confederate capital of Richmond. Two days earlier, the city was evacuated by the rebels and President Lincoln came down. Of the event, he writes: "Uncle Abe was here today and rode through the Capitol grounds. I happened to be there sitting on my horse as he came through." He continues: "...our regiment was the first organization of any kind that entered the City of Richmond; and the flag of the 36th U.S.C.T. was the first...in the rebel City. I captured a beautiful sword, belt, and revolver." Upon entering the city, he is almost killed, but is saved at the last moment by his troops yelling "Capt. Capt. Oh! de good lord - hold on Capt. I pulled up quickly; and my horse's hoof was within 5 inches of a reb. torpedo....a narrow escape..." After entering the city, deserters from the rebel army start "...coming in very fast, all anxious to take the oath of allegiance." The citizenry of the city (mostly black) were overjoyed to see the Union army "...Men, women and children flocked up to us, running and jumping...handing us cigars and many other trinkets...they were so enthusiastic...I never before received so many God-blessings..." Separation and small holes located along the folds has been repaired. Minor areas of staining and toning.

    With the letter is a fragment of flag, measuring approximately 8.5" x 3.5", with a small note reading: "A piece of the flag that waved over Richmond which the Union army took possession." Also, a small newspaper clipping announcing the death of Andrews.


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