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TOURING RICHMOND

Richmond National Battlefield Park - Provides guides to the battlefields and exhibits, plus a film presentation. Not very impressive and a sparce collection, but the grounds of the old iron works are worth the visit.  / 3215 E. Broad Street / (804) 226-1981/ FREE

Chimborazo Medical Museum
- Part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, the hospital was built in 1861 and treated over 70,000 wounded during the war. Medical exhibits and hospital life are on display. Its worth the visit, the best the Park service has to offer on the war . A side trip to Oakwood Cemetery the final resting spot for many from Chimborazo is worth the time. Although do not go near or after dark. / 3215 E. Broad Street / (804) 226-1981/ FREE

Museum of the Confederacy
- The best the city has to offer on the war with the most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the Confederacy. Thousands of artifacts are on display here, from military equipment and clothing belonging to famous Confederate generals, paintings and illustrations of events to hundreds of unit battle flags. The museum covers all aspects of the war including exhibits depicting the lives of the free and enslaved black population. / 1201 E. Clay Street / (804) 649-1861 / $ 8 includes the Whitehouse tour.

White House of the Confederacy
- The wartime home of Jefferson Davis adjoins the Clay Street Museum of the Confederacy. Known as the White House of the Confederacy, eleven period rooms are open to visitors with many of the original furnishings in place. / adjacent to 1201 E. Clay Street / (804) 649-1861/ $

Drewry's Bluff
- On May 15th, 1862, Federal gun boats, including their ironclad Monitor, were repulsed by the Confederate firepower commanding the fort on the bluff just below Richmond.The fort was never captured by the Federals during the war. / Off Route 1, south of Bellwood / (804) 226-1981/ FREE

Fort Harrison
- Originally part of the outer ring of defenses around Richmond, Fort Harrison remained in Confederate hands until the final months of the war. Grant captured the Fort at the end of September in 1864, Lee tried to recapture some of the defenses in October but failed to move Grant. / Off Route 5, Varina Road / (804) 226-1981/ FREE

Hollywood Cemetery
- A large stone pyramid honors the 18,000 Confederate Soldiers buried in this elaborate cemetery located in the heart of Richmond. Among the rolling hills, the visitor will also find the final resting place of Jefferson Davis and J.E.B. Stuart as well as United States Presidents James Monroe, John Tyler and Chief Justice John Marshall, the stroll alone is worth the trip. / 412 South Cherry Street / (804) 648-8501 / FREE

Hanover County

Cold Harbor National Battlefield Park
- General Grant thought of his final assault of Cold Harbor as his greatest mistake of the war. For several days in the late spring of 1864, Grant ordered a massive offensive on the Confederate troops, who were well fortified in anticipation of his advance. The casualties were in the thousands, many lying wounded and dying in a no-man's land between the two forces. A truce was called to clear the field and to rescue the wounded. / off Cold Harbor Road at State Route 156 / (804) 226-1981/ FREE

Petersburg / Dinwiddie County

Old Blandford Church
- Built in the early 18th century, soon after the city's founding by William Byrd II, the old brick Blandford Church was later adorned with 15 stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The famous memorial windows were donated by the Confederate States in honor of their war dead, 30,000 of whom lie in the church cemetery. / 319 South Crater Road / (804) 733-2400 / $

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
- Built along Lee's lines of defense, Pamplin Park offers an insight to the lives and times of the soldiers and local residents during the last year of the Civil War. The Battles of Hatcher's Run, Burgess Mill and Five Forks all occurred practically within earshot of this site. When the line faltered here, so did the hopes of the Confederacy. The park hosts a soldiers museum, battlefield simulation gallery, siege line reconstructions on the historic earthworks and an original plantation home. / Off US Route 1 south of I-85 / (804)861-2408 / $

Petersburg National Battlefield
- Beginning as a plan to take Richmond, the siege of Petersburg lasted nine months. Over 2,700 acres, the Petersburg National Battlefield explores the siege from beginning to end. The Visitor Center orients guests to the lay of the land through maps, models and an audiovisual presentation. The 4 mile self-guided Battlefield Tour begins at the center. There are four places where visitors walk from the road into Battlefield sites; some parts of the tour road are reserved for hikers and cyclists. / Visitor Center / Off State Route 56 / (804)732-3531 / $

Siege Museum, The Petersburg Museum
- The longest siege of the war is chronicled including the battles and people with exhibits and film documentation. / 15 W. Bank Street / Petersburg / (804) 368-3595 / $

 

 

 

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