Mayflower Anniversary; Israel’s Character; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

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Good morning, it’s Tuesday, April 2. On this date in 1865, Jefferson Davis was attending Sunday services at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Grace Street in Richmond when he received word that Petersburg had fallen. The president of the Confederacy knew what this meant: Nothing could now stop the Union Army, which was only 25 miles away.
In case he didn’t know, Robert E. Lee spelled it out for him. “I think it is absolutely necessary,” Lee wrote in a telegram, “that we should abandon our position tonight.”
Although he’d previously sent his wife out of the city, Davis’ confidence in Lee was so…
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