Raising a Flag in Richmond, Virginia

When United States forces took possession of Richmond, Virginia, on April 3, 1865, soldiers vied for the honor of raising the first flag over the liberated city. Young Johnston de Peyster, a member of a prominent New York military family. was more than prepared for the event. Serving in the Army of the James, de Peyster had secured possession of the national colors that had once flown over New Orleans when it was under the command of George F. Shepley.  Shepley had given the flag to de Peyster, who was ready to raise it once more, this time over the capital of the Confederacy, with the capitol building as his target.

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