Former Confederate capital to illuminate skyline for 150th

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond skyline will be ablaze with projected images of flames to represent the fall of the former capital of the Confederacy 150 years ago.

Amid that dramatic backdrop Thursday night, tours will be conducted as Virginia's capital city continues the commemoration of Richmond's fall on April 2, 1865, through the weekend with dozens of events.

Confederate soldiers set fires in downtown warehouses as the city evacuated ahead of Union troops, including U.S. Colored Troops. Two days later, President Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad walked through the smoldering city.

Through Saturday, events are scheduled throughout Richmond, including the National Battlefield Park in Henrico County.

The city's commemoration is a prelude to the 150th commemoration of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox next week.

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