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Richmond, Virginia
Civil War Encyclopedia >> Cities - South
May 22, 1847 Skilled white workers at Tredegar Iron Mill in Richmond, VA, tell Joseph Anderson they intend to strike if slaves are used in puddling operations Virginia
June 11, 1860 Southern delegates hold a National Democratic convention in Richmond. Party leaders urge a "wait and see" approach. Virginia
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
  Democratic Party
June 26, 1860
June 28, 1860
Southern Democrats hold a convention in Richmond where they select John C. Breckinridge as their nominee for President Virginia
  The Election of 1860
  1860 Democratic National Convention
  John Breckinridge
  1860 (Southern) Democratic Party Platform
  Democratic Party
April 27, 1861 Virginia offers Richmond to be the Confederate capital. Virginia
May 21, 1861 Confederate Congress votes to move its capital from Montgomery to Richmond Alabama
Virginia
April 4, 1862 From Fort Monroe federal troops begin movement towards Richmond
  Peninsula Campaign
May 15, 1863 A portion of the Tredegar Iron Works and a nearby flour mill burn. Virginia
February 9, 1864 109 Union officers led by Colonel Thomas Rose escape from Libby Prison on the banks of the James River in Richmond. 59 reach Union lines Virginia
February 29, 1864 General Judson Kilpatrick splits his force in two detaching 500 men under Ulric Dahlgreen to attack Richmond from the west Virginia
March 1, 1864 Custis Lee, son of Robert E. Lee, turns back a force of 500 cavalry under Ulric Dahlgreen, 2 miles west of Richmond. General Judson Kilpatrick had called off a planned assault earlier in the day. Virginia
April 20, 1864 General P. G. T. Beauregard [CS] is relieved of command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida so he can assume command of the Richmond (Virginia) defenses. Virginia
  P. G. T. Beauregard
May 9, 1864
May 24, 1864
Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Virginia
  Sheridans Raid on Richmond
January 12, 1865 Francis P. Blair arrives in Richmond, Virginia with a proposal for a peace conference.
April 2, 1865 With the Petersburg line crumbling, Lee informs Davis he will abandon his position that evening. The Confederate government evacuates Richmond and Mayor Joseph Mayo surrenders the city to General Godfrey Weitzel. Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  Jefferson Davis
  Siege of Petersburg
April 3, 1865 Union troops occupy Petersburg and Richmond Virginia
April 4, 1865 President Lincoln visits Richmond, walking to the Confederate White House among cheering crowds, mostly freed slaves. A detachment of 10 men protected him. Virginia
  Abraham Lincoln
December 3, 1868 The treason trial of Jefferson Davis began in Richmond. Virginia


Richmond, Virginia

At the start of the Civil War, Richmond, Virginia was the largest industrial center of the South. When Virginia offered its' state capital to be the new capital of the Confederacy, industry played a major role in the selection, although proximity to battlefields and the defensive nature of the rivers around the city also played a major role in its selection.

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Richmond, Virginia was last changed on - May 19, 2007
Richmond, Virginia was added in 2005





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