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Scope and Contents 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...
Found in: Virginia Military Institute Archives