The Evacuation and Burning of Richmond, Virginia
Oscar F. Weisiger Civil War Letter
May 29, 1865, relating events of April 1865
(Manuscript #00285)


This detailed letter provides an eyewitness account of the last days of the Civil War in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy. Oscar Weisiger, a long-time city resident and businessman, describes the evacuation of the city, the extensive fires, the occupation of the city by federal troops and the troops' treatment of former slaves, the problems he faces in attempting to reestablish his mercantile business, and a discussion of his relationship with northern creditors. The letter is written to Mr. Q. M. Ward, a business partner in Big Lick (now Roanoke), Virginia.

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