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Here is General Ulysses Grant (center of bench) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864.

The actual raincoat that General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wearing when he was mistakenly shot by his own men in Chancellorsville, VA.

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Colonial Architecture in Alexandria, Virginia

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THUMMER, SAMUEL AMPUTATION OF ARM. [gangrene] Rank CPL, Company F, Regiment 209, State PENN, MOS, VOLUNTEERS, Battle PETERSBURG, VA [Civil War] Date of Injury 2 APR 1865

Henry Newton Comey by N.S. Bennett of Alexandria, Va. A farmer in Hopkinton, Mass., Comey (1840-1932) started the war as a private in the Second Massachusetts Infantry. He rose to become captain of Company E. He participated in numerous battles with his regiment, including Gettysburg, where he suffered a wound after being struck in the arm by buckshot and a bullet. After the war, he played an active role in veteran's affairs, including service as a commissioner of the Petersburg National…

Southern Lady, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew was a well-born resident of Richmond, VA who built & operated an extensive spy ring for the United States during the American Civil War. Under the nose of the Confederate government, she gathered intelligence, hampered the Southern war effort, & helped scores of Union soldiers escape from Richmond prisons. A Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, she led what one historian called "the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War."