“On To Richmond!” was the battle cry that inspired 19th century Union troops to conquer the capital of the Confederacy. Today these same words invite 21st century visitors to discover the places, stories and experiences of a region that helped reshape America's history.
The American Civil War was one of our nation’s most important and defining struggles. It shook the country’s foundations culturally, politically and technologically. It marked the end of slavery in America. It sparked new innovations in science, medicine and transportation. But the conflict also divided families, strained loyalties and pitted brother against brother on the battlefield.
Few areas of the United States were affected like the Richmond Region. Richmond was “ground zero” during the Civil War -- the capital of the Confederacy and the scene of several major battles. The Richmond Region became the backdrop for a multitude of historical events that changed the face of our nation.
To highlight the Richmond Region’s pivotal role and commemorate the ending of slavery in America, Virginia is observing the Civil War and Emancipation 150th Anniversary from 2011 to 2015.
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.
We invite you to visit our beautiful Virginia Civil War sites , museums, historic homes, battlefield parks, cemeteries, slave-trade sites, and interpretive trails and walking tours . Enjoy some of America’s most authentic and compelling historical experiences -- in a modern destination with world-class dining, lodging, shopping and entertainment. Start planning your trip today!