Richmond, Virginia

The Great Fire Of Richmond, Virginia

On April 3, 1865, after the fall of Petersburg, the Confederate Army set fire to tobacco warehouses. The fire that erupted burned down nine tenths of the entire business district of the city.

Several Confederate government buildings burnt down, including the Confederate Patent Office. Some of the Confederate Patent Office records were inadvertently taken, along with the War Department Records, before the government move to Danville.

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