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The Evacuation Fire
As southbound Confederates crossed over the James River on April 3, the rear guard set fire to Richmond's tobacco warehouses and railroad bridges. A sudden wind from the south blew flames and burning embers northward. As the last Confederates left the city, federal troops arrived from the east, accepted the formal surrender of the city, and began extinguishing the fires.
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