"Virginia's Civil War Trails" Virginia Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

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While Civil War Battles took place in every Southern state and many Northern states, the engagements involving Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet have always been the focus of much public attention. Maybe it was their tactical abilities on the field of battle, or their public humility; perhaps it is because these campaigns took place so close to both nations' capital cities of Washignton, DC and Richmond, VA.

The state of Virginia has done a fine job of preserving many of these battlefields and ensuring interested amateur historians and war buffs can easily discover these historic and tragic landmarks. The major sites in Virginia include the battlefields of Richmond, Petersburg, Appomattox, Fredericksburg, and Winchester. Hundreds of smaller sites such as the location where Stonewall Jackson died, cemeteries, and historic buildings are also located on these tours.

In Virgina, the routes are typically very well marked with rectangular red, white, and blue signs with a bugle and three stars. The state also has great maps at major tourist destinations and Civil War sites that show the various sites across the whole state and broken down by the various campaigns to give a theme to your explorations.

Website: http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/index.html

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2009
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