Richmond Evacuation Fire

Richmond Evacuation Fire (HM545)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
Country: United States of America

N 37° 32.289', W 77° 26.17'

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After midnight on 3 April 1865, Confederatesoldiers set fire to several tobacco warehousesnearby on orders from Lt. Gen. Richard S.Ewell, as the army evacuated Richmond andmarched west. Two distinct fires spreadrapidly throughout the commercial and industrial sections of the capital. The core of theburned-out area, some 35 blocks, extendedfrom the James River in some areas as farnorth as Capitol Square, and from 4th St.east to 16th St. Frightened citizens huddledin Capitol Square while looters rampagedand firefighters battled the fires. TheUnion army, which occupied the city earlyon 3 April, finally brought the fires undercontrol in the afternoon.
HM NumberHM545
Marker NumberSA?42
Year Placed1995
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 7:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284759 N 4157362
Decimal Degrees37.53815000, -77.43616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.289', W 77° 26.17'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 17.34" N, 77° 26' 10.20" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900 E Main St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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