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In Virginia, several former Confederate officers and officers are elected as mayor and city councillors

Polling at City Hall in the Richmond, Virginia city elections, July 25, 1865, artist's impression
The effects of the recent efforts of Governor Pierpont to modify the Virginia loyalty oath were soon felt in the municipal elections in Richmond.  Former Confederate officers were elected by large margins as mayor, commonwealth attorney, and almshouse superintendent.  Three days later, General Alfred Terry, commanding the Department of the South, voided the election and no city council sat till October 1865. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Hamilton James Eckenrode, The Political History of Virginia During the Reconstruction (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1904), 317.