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Richmond Civil War Sites

The Richmond Region has more Civil War & Emancipation sites than anywhere else in the nation.

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.

 

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White House of the Confederacy

  • 1201 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 649-1861
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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 »

Ashland Museum

The Ashland Museum collects, preserves and documents the history of Ashland, Virginia. The Ashland Museum exhibits the unique physical and cultural history which reflects the story of the Town of Ashland. more »

Battery Dantzler

  • 1820 Battery Dantzler Road, Chesterfield, VA 23831
  • Phone: (804) 751-4664
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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 »

Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield

  • 7423 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
  • Phone: (804) 226-1981
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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 »

Beaverdam Depot

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

  • Bermuda Hundred Road, Bermuada Hundred, VA 23836

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 »

Canal Walk

  • Multiple access points at nearly every block between Fifth and 17th streets, handicapped-accessible entrances at Fifth, 10th, 12th, 14th and 16th streets, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 788-6466
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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 »

Chickahominy Bluff

  • 4300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23233

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 »

Chimborazo Medical Museum

  • 3215 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
  • Phone: (804) 226-1981
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Chimborazo Medical Museum sits on the site of the Civil War’s famous Chimborazo Hospital, where between 1861 and 1865, more than 75,000 Confederate soldiers received treatment. more »

Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center

  • 5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
  • Phone: (804) 730-5025
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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 »

Learn about Key Virginia Civil War Battles

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!