Just last year, UVa had a historic marker installed to mark the spot of the University’s surrender to Union soldiers on March 3, 1865. The only problem is that nobody knows for sure if that ever happened, or if UVa even had the legal ability to surrender. It is known that two UVa employees met with Custer to ask for mercy, and it’s also well-known that the Union intended to destroy Charlottesville’s railroad tracks. But the City surrendered, and Custer ensured that neither Charlottesville nor UVa was harmed during their three-day occupation of the town. See Carlos Santos’ Progress article for more.