Richmond was the site of many battles in this war that defined the nation. It was the capitol of the Confederacy, home of the iron works that produced the most cannon and ammunition in the South, and gateway to Southern territory. There are two terrific museums on the Civil War located right next to each other at the Tredegar Iron Works, and I recommend both of them.
A cannon outside the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Ironworks in Richmond.
This one is inside the museum, where a class was taking notes on the exhibit.
A scupture expressing the agony of brothers who fought on opposite sides of the conflict.
A mourning dress for wives of soldiers killed.
A wonderful National Park Service ranger.
More views of what's left of the Tredegar Iron Works, which supplied the Confederacy with most of its cannons (above and below).