On this day 150 years ago, Professor John B. Minor continued his vigil at the University of Virginia.
Sunday, March 5, 1865.
Thanks to a kind providence, we are all safe this morning. No Sunday school, nor service in any of the Churches, I believe. The day a glorious one, but how futile is the flow of sunshine to inspire our hearts with cheerfulness! In the course of the day, we were visited by Capt Moore of Gen Sheridan's staff, at the instance of the General, to express his determination to preserve the University unharmed and to inquire if we had any complaints to make. This gentleman is a grandson of Rt. Rev. Bishop [Richard C.] Moore of Va. and altho' by birth, descent, education and interests a Northern man, yet evinced more polish of manner than usual with his Countryman.
In the afternoon, the University was searched by order of Gen Sheridan, under the direction of Col Sherman, his inspect gen and his brother and aide Capt Sheridan. They were as civil as possible and of course found nothing contraband. I told them, as I had already told at Gen Merritt's hdqts that I had a musket at my house, which they said I should keep, but as I was not present when my house was searched, the musket was carried off and broken.