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Commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the American Civil War and the end of American slavery on April 6, 2013 at Civil War and Emancipation Day. Learn about and tour the sites of Richmond's 1863 Bread Riot, Lincoln's visit to Richmond, Jackson Ward, Richmond's Slave Trail, and more. Experience period music, cannon firing, and Civil War-era photography.
Journey through time by checking out the Virginia Civil War Trails program -- which allows you to follow in the footsteps of troops in the 1860s, linking to more than 400 sites through self-guided driving tours. Spots along the Virginia Civil War Trails include national parks complete with interpreters and hands-on exhibits, as well as obscure country crossroads with signs to explain their significance. A map showing all the Virginia Civil War Trails is available at the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center.
A great spot to begin a Richmond Civil War tour is the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center. Exhibits and audiovisual programs introduce you to the story of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and the battlefields that surround the city. Stop by the American Civil War Center, the first museum to interweave the Union, Confederate and African-American stories of the Civil War in a national context.
The White House of the Confederacy was the Civil War residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Guided tours of this restored mansion are given throughout the day. The adjoining Museum has three floors of galleries containing some of the most…more »
This Confederate battery is the northern end of the Howlett Line that bottled up Butler’s forces on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. The fort was named for Col. Olin Miller Dantzler, 22d South Carolina Infantry, who was killed in action near here. In January,…more »
Gen. Robert E. Lee initiated the Seven Days Campaign on June 26, 1862, by crossing the Chickahominy River in Hanover County with a large portion of his army. That afternoon he struck Union troops behind Beaver Dam Creek. A walking trail encompasses both Union…more »
Situated along the Virginia Central Railroad in Hanover County, the depot was destroyed by Union cavalry raiders early in the Civil War. It was quickly rebuilt, but was destroyed and reconstructed several more times during the war. The present structure was…more »
Bermuda Hundred was the landing point for The Army of the James During the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Today, Bermuda Hundred is a predominantly African-American village whose residents can trace their roots back to the earliest days of the settlement. In 2006,…more »
Stretching 1.25 miles along the James River and the Kanawha and Haxall Canals, the Canal Walk presents four centuries of Richmond’s history interpreted through medallions, monuments and exhibits. more »
On the morning of June 26, 1862 more than 20,000 Confederate infantrymen gathered here prior to their advance across the Chickahominy River. Nearby on horseback sat General Robert E. Lee, watching and listening for the movement beyond the river signaling the…more »
At the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center in Hanover County an electronic battle-map program describes the 1862 battle of Gaines’ Mill and the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor. more »
Transport yourself to some of most important years in the Region's history by visiting fascinating Richmond Civil War battle sites and museums. Start planning your trip now!