Federal Occupation of Petersburg
Original Author: Unknown
Created: April 3, 1865
Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Federal Occupation of Petersburg

Stacked Union rifles line a street in Petersburg after the city capitulated on April 3, 1865. Union soldiers took over local policing and governance, though many Petersburg officials were retained in their positions in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the city. Soldiers distributed food and provisions to needy residents, both white and black. Significantly, the Union forces also prevented outbreaks of violence between local whites and blacks.