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In Richmond, a public demonstration of Virginia's loyalty to the Union is held on the Capitol grounds

Mass Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, August 29, 1865, artist's impression
Following the city elections earlier that had chosen a slate of former Confederates and then been declared void by the Union Army authorities, the loyal citizens of Virginia organized a mass meeting to counter the view held in the North that the city and state remained disloyal to the Union.  Several hundred people heard speeches in the state capitol grounds and a delegation was named to meet with President Johnson.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Meeting in Richmond," Harper's Weekly Magazine, September 16, 1865, p. 577.