President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, each day immediately after Union forces capture it.
Lincoln have been in your community for practically fourteen days. He left Washington, D.C., at the invitation of general-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant to go to Grant’s headquarters at City Point, near to the lines at Petersburg south of Richmond. The trip was exhilarating for the exhausted president. Worn out by four years of war and stifled by the pressures of Washington, ( **************************) enjoyed immensely. He conferred with Grant and General William T. Sherman, who took a rest from his campaign in North Carolina. He visited soldiers, and also found an ax to chop logs while watching troops.
He stayed at City Point, sensing that the ultimate push was near. Grant’s forces took over the Petersburg line on April 2, and the Confederate government fled the administrative centre later that day. Union forces occupied Richmond on April 3, and Lincoln sailed up the James River to start to see the spoils of war. His ship cannot pass some obstructions that were put into the river by the Confederates so 12 soldiers rowed him to shore. He landed with no fanfare but was quickly acknowledged by some black workmen who ran to him and bowed. The modest Lincoln told them to “…kneel to God only, and thank him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy.”
Lincoln, along with a tiny band of soldiers and a expanding entourage of freed slaves, walked to the Confederate White House and sat in President Jefferson Davis’s chair. He walked to the Virginia statehouse and saw the chambers of the Confederate Congress. Lincoln even visited Libby Prison, wherever a large number of Union officers have been held throughout the war. Lincoln remained in Richmond a small number of a lot more days hoping that Robert E. Lee’s army would surrender, but on April 8 he headed back again to Washington. Six days later, Lincoln was shot as he watched a play at Ford’s Theater.