"I advise that all preparation be made for leaving Richmond tonight." -- General Lee's telegram to President Jefferson Davis. Davis read General Lee's telegram while attending Sunday morning church service on Sunday, April 2, 1865. He immediately issued the first orders for the Confederate government's evacuation. Officially, the citizens of Richmond did not hear anything for hours, but they could not help but notice the fires in front of the government offices as official documents burned. Official word of the Confederate government's departure was finally announced at 4 o'clock. Davis refused to believe it was necessary to leave. His train was scheduled to depart on April 2 at 8:30 Sunday night. He kept hoping that somehow Lee would send news of a reversal of fortunes and that the government would not have to abandon the city. Finally, at 11 o'clock, he boarded the train and began the sad trip to Danville. The Union cavalry entered town and by 7:15 Monday morning, April 3, Union flags flew over the capitol building. At City Point a few miles downstream, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had learned of Richmond's capture and was eager to visit the city.