Virginia Civil War 150
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Spoils of War, Symbols of Reunion

Location: Richmond
April 1 - 18, 2015
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 692-3500

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Library of Virginia will exhibit a selection of rare archival materials that Union soldiers plundered from the state Capitol's archives during the chaotic days following the fall of Richmond to Federal forces. These "liberated" artifacts continue to trickle back to the Commonwealth, and include such iconic documents as the Ordinance of Secession and the last volume of the Journals of the House of Burgesses. Collecting "spoils of war" is a time-honored tradition of victorious armies, but the collecting of books, state papers, and other manuscripts by Union soldiers was not always simple souvenir hunting. The soldier who removed Virginia's Ordinance of Secession from the Capitol certainly understood its symbolic meaning as a rending of the federal Union a Union that Yankee soldiers had fought four bloody years to reunite. These artifacts connect strongly to the records and artifacts of the slave trade found in the Library's continuing exhibition "To Be Sold" pieces taken by soldiers and civilian relief workers that symbolized for many Northerners the causes of the war.

Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed Sundays)

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