Weitzel: “We took Richmond at 8.15 this morning”

I had earlier written Gen. Weitzel,

Major-General WEITZEL,

Army of the James:

I do not doubt but you will march into Richmond unopposed. Take possession of the city, establish guards, and preserve order until I get there. Permit no man to leave town after you get possession. The army here will endeavor to cut off the retreat of the enemy.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

He now writes,

We took Richmond at 8.15 this morning. I captured many guns. The enemy left in great haste. The city is on fire in two places. Am making every effort to put it out. The people received us with enthusiastic expressions of joy.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 340-1

O.R., I, xlvi, part 3, p 509