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Sep 30, 2013 - Petersburg battlefield and quartermasters museum

Today we toured the Petersburg Battlefield, had to go today as it will be closed tomorrow due to the government shutdown. We viewed a film about the battle and the siege of Petersburg that led to the end of the war and the fall of Richmond. We then drove the battlefield itself and checked out "the dictator" which is a large cannon utilized by the Union army and "the crater" where Union troops tunneled under the Confederate defenses but through mismanagement of the explosion lost many lives and gained no ground. This battlefield was...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Whitehouse of the confederacy and state capitol

First we went to the White House of the Confederacy that we were unable to see yesterday. It was not anywhere near a busy today, they indicated that Saturday was usually the busiest, why we had a problem then. We wanted to finish our tour of downtown on a weekend as it's very hard to get around and parking is at a premium too. This was the mansion used by Jefferson Davis, he did not own it. It looks very plain from the street side, but inside the courtyard area the building is very impressive. The guided tour was great - a very nice mansion...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Tredegar iron works

Today we drove to downtown Richmond and toured the Tredegar iron work remains on the canal in Richmond, was a manufacturing center until the end of the war. The river drops 100' here so it was a place to harness water power, flour, cotton and woolen mills were along the James river as well as the iron works. We also went further downtown to the confederate museum with uniforms of famous generals and flags of many of the units. Richmond is busy and confusing. We later drove the base and saw the famous Bellwood elk and the old plantation home...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Berkeley and Shirley plantations

We are at the defense supply center Richmond that specializes in aircraft supply. Today we toured two very old historic homes. Berkeley plantation was the home of Henry Harrison, signer of the declaration of independence and father of president Harrison. Berkeley was the site of the first Thanksgiving 12/4/1619 when Captain Jon Woodlief landed the ship Margaret on the beach. The plantation was also the site where Taps was composed in 1862 while it was occupied by Union forces under George McClellan during the Civil War. George Washington...

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