Richmond Burning

Richmond Burning

The Last Days of the Confederate Capital

Book - 2002
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Through the winter and early spring of 1865, while Union armies ranged at will across the South, Richmond still glittered with the hard defiance of a city long at war. But this last flicker of resolve only made the city's fall all the more devastating. On the night of April 2, faced with the inevitability of Grant's triumph, Jefferson Davis and his cabinet fled, leaving Richmond to its fate-fire, capture, and the end of hope for a Southern nation. In this enthralling, meticulously researched book, Nelson Lankford draws on a treasure trove of diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports to create a narrative of novelistic immediacy. Here are unforgettable scenes of Abraham Lincoln's sailing up the James River to take possession of the Confederate White House and of Robert E. Lee's returning to Richmond to survey the still-smoldering ruins. Here too are vivid eyewitness accounts of the destruction of Richmond's commercial and governmental core, the hardships that its citizens, both black and white, suffered in the aftermath of the war, and the stubborn, sometimes violent resistance to reunification.

The first contemporary account of the last days of the Confederate capital, Richmond Burning is at once a superb work of history and a stunning piece of dramatic prose.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the final days of the Confederacy in a portrait of the burning of Richmond, with scenes depicting the destruction of this proud Southern city and profiles of the individuals who played a key role.

Blackwell North Amer
Through the winter and early spring of 1865, while Union armies ranged at will across the South, Richmond still glittered witht the hard defiance of a city long at war. But this last flicker of resolve only made the city's fall all the more devastating. By the morning of April 2, Gen. Robert E. Lee's command had been corroded by desertion, and the forces of his opponent were growing daily. Lee could no longer hold the line of forts and trenches that guarded the Confederate capital. To save his army, he had to retreat. To avoid capture, the government needed to abandon the city that night. Faced with the inevitability of Grant's triumph, Jefferson Davis and his cabinet fled, leaving Richmond to its fate - looting, fire, capture, and the end of hope for a southern nation.
As the last southern soldiers left at dawn on Monday, they fired tobacco warehouses and all the bridges across the river. A rising wind spread embers of destruction over the rooftops. When the Union army marched in, it found the city ablaze. To an eyewitness, the sun shone through the thickening smoke "like a great beacon of woe, or the awful unlashed eye of an avenging Deity."
For staunch Confederates, for local Unionists who opposed them, and for the liberated slaves, the city's fall turned the world upside down. In their grief and despair, and their stubborn, sometimes violent resistance to reunification, the vanquished Confederates could not have known that the conquest of Richmond heralded the birth of the modern United States of America.
In this book, Nelson Lankford draws upon a treasure trove of diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports to create a narrative of novelistic immediacy that relives the experiences of the men and women, both black and white, who witnessed these tumultous events that convulsed their city.

Baker
& Taylor

The final days of Confederacy are chronicled in this richly rendered portrait of the buring of Richmond, with vivid scenes depicting the destruction of this proud Southern city and close-up profiles of the individuals who played a key role. 35.000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2002
ISBN: 9780670031177
0670031178
Branch Call Number: 973.738 LANKF
Characteristics: viii, 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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