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        Civil War Battles: Richmond | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore images of the fallen city of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. General Ulysses S. Grant tried unsuccessfully to capture Richmond for nearly a year before he took the city on April 2, 1865. The battle would be a crippling defeat for the South, and led to Robert E. Lee's surrender to Grant one week later on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House.

        View of Richmond, Virginia at the Close of the Rebellion | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph taken at the end of the Civil War, showing the rubble, as the city of Richmond lies in ruin, ca. 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Ruins of Richmond, April, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph showing the ruins of the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad depot, with a man sitting by a destroyed locomotive, Richmond, Virginia, April 1865. Photo credit: The War Photograph & Exhibition Co., Hartford, Connecticut. Source: Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Ruins on Carey Street, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        In the fires set by retreating Confederates, nine hundred Richmond buildings were destroyed and hundreds more were badly damaged. (The Civil War: An Illustrated History, p. 371.) Photo source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Street in the Burned District, Richmond, VA| Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of a street in the burned district of fallen Richmond, Virginia, April-June, 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Damaged Locomotives in Richmond, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of damaged locomotives in the ruins of fallen Richmond, Virginia, April-June 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        City Hall and Sycamore Church in Richmond | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        City Hall and the Sycamore Church, beyond Capitol Street, in fallen Richmond, Virginia, April 14, 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Left Side and Rear of the Capitol in Richmond, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph of the left side and rear of the Capitol building, fallen Richmond, Virginia, April-June 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Front View of the Capitol in Richmond, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Front view of the Capitol in fallen Richmond, April-June 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Two Women in Black, Richmond, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Swathed in black, Richmond women drift through the streets of their ruined city. (The Civil War: An Illustrated History, p. 374.) Photo credit: Alexander Gardner (1821-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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