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Capture of Richmond.


WASHINGTON, April 5 — 10:20 p. m.

To Major General Dix:

The following details reporting the capture of Richmond and its occupation by the Union forces have been telegraphed this Department from that city.

(Signed) E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.

General Weitzel learned at three o'clock on the morning of Monday that Richmond was being evacuated, and at daybreak moved forward, first taking care to give his men breakfast, in the expectation that they might have to fight. He met no opposition, and on entering the city was greeted with a hearty welcome from the mass of the people. The May or went out to meet him and to surrender the city, but missed him on the road. Gen. Weitzel finds much suffering among the people. The rich as well as the poor are destitute of food. He is about to issue supplies to all who take the oath. The inhabitants now number about 20,000 — half of them of African descent.

It is not true that Jeff Davis sold his furniture before leaving. It is all in his house, where I am now writing. He left at 7 p. m. by the Danville Railroad. All the members of congress escaped. Hunter has gone home. Carson Smith went with the army. Judge Campbell remains here. Gen. Weitzel took here 1,900 prisoners, besides the wounded. These number 5,000, in nine hospitals, and captured cannon to the number of at least 500; 5,000 muskets have been found in one lot. Thirty locomotives and 300 cars were found here.

The Petersburg Railroad bridge is totally destroyed — that of the Danville road partially, so that connection with Petersburg can easily be made. All the rebel vessels are destroyed except an unfinished ram which has her machinery in her perfect. The Tredegar works are unharmed, and the machinery is here to-day under Gen. Weitzel's order. Libby Prison and Castle Thunder have also escaped the fire and are filled with rebel prisoners of war. Most of the editors have fled, especially John Mitchell. The Whig appeared yesterday as a Union paper with the name of the former proprietor at its head. The theatre opens here to-night. Gen. Weitzel describes the reception of the President yesterday as enthusic in the extreme.


To Major General Dix:

A telegram just received from Richmond states that Gen. Weitzel captured in Richmond 1,000 well prisoners and 5,000 rebel wounded. He found 500 pieces of artillery and 5,000 stand of arms.

The President went to Richmond yesterday, and returned to City Point to-day.

The Surgeon General reports that Mr. Seward was thrown from his carriage this evening. He is doing well. His arm was broken and his face much bruised. The case presents no alarming symptoms.

Signed, E. M. STANTON, Sec. of War.