From the Richmond Whig, 4/6/1865
DEMOLISHING THE RUINS. - Yesterday afternoon the Richmond Fire Brigade commenced the very necessary work of pulling down the toppling walls that overhang the avenues of the burnt district ready to descend any moment in an avalanche of brick, granite and mortar upon the heads of the throngs of citizens and soldiers who are curious seekers among the ruins of once fair and beautiful Richmond. The military authorities who gave the order for the demolition of the ruins, reinforced the Fire Brigade by a detail of colored troops, who worked manfully at the ropes. One of the walls of a warehouse on Cary street fell yesterday, and several white boys who were gathering old iron from the ruins were badly injured by the bricks.