• June 10, 2015

    Summer in Virginia invariably brings heat and insects. In the White House of the Confederacy, as in many wealthier homes, cotton or canvas slip covers protected silk upholstery from sweat and bugs. Museum curators change elements of the house's

  • June 3, 2015

    On a tour of the White House of the Confederacy, look closely at the gasoliers—you may find one looking back at you. We call the house's chandeliers "gasoliers" because before electricity, they burned coal gas to illuminate the rooms. This close-

  • June 2, 2015

    What a difference three days could make. Soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia present for the surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865 received their paroles and were allowed to return to their homes. Soldiers who were captured in battles at

  • June 1, 2015


    The Civil War is sometimes called “a Rich man’s war, but a poor man’s fight.”  Laws, in both the North and the South enabled those wealthy enough to hire a substitute to take their place in the army. As the war dragged on the price of a

  • May 26, 2015

    On this day in 1865, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith's Trans-Mississippi Department was surrendered (without his knowledge, though he accepted the terms one week later).

    Terms of military convention entered into


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