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This engraving, attributed to Harry C. Mann, depicts the burning of Jamestown during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676.Bacon’s Rebellion was named after its leader, Nathaniel Bacon, who was an outspoken opponent of Governor Sir William Berkeley. While…

During the Revolutionary War in 1781, an enslaved African American man named Billy, owned by John Tayloe, was indicted for "feloniously and traitorously" joining the British. He was captured and tried for treason, yet pled not guilty and testified…

The Pentagon located in Arlington, Virginia, is the world largest low rise office building and is home to the United States Department of Defense. Construction began in 1941 and was completed by 1943. On September 11, 2001 a terrorist group, led by…

This document, which is alluded from a series of CIA Documents regarding the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, examines the strategic considerations regarding why the Soviet Union may have decided to place missiles in Cuba and includes a map that depicts…

After the Revolutionary War began, Virginia began to raise a militia for defense. Baptist leaders petitioned the third Virginia Revolutionary Convention requesting permission for Baptist ministers to preach to soldiers who did not wish to attend…

This document is a petition from Edmund M. Bradford to President Andrew Johnson. In the petition Bradford seeks an official pardon for his role in the Confederate Army. Edmund M. Bradford of Norfolk was a graduate of West Point (1837) who served in…

This document is a letter from Secretary of State Hamilton Fish to Governor Gilbert Walker. In the letter, dated January 27, 1870, Fish tells Walker that Congress has approved an act that would readmit Virginia into the United States. Virginia left…

This document is a Presidential pardon issued by President Andrew Johnson. It was signed on July 5, 1866 by both President Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward. The year before, President Johnson had issued a proclamation on May 29, 1865,…

This document is a parole slip that was given to the Confederate officer Captain James M. Garnett. It is dated April 10, 1865 and noted there is its location, Appomattox Court House, VA. The day prior, April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee…

The 5-cent Battle of Gettysburg commemorative stamp is the third in a series of five stamps marking the Civil War Centennial from the U.S. Postal Service. It was first placed on sale through the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, post office on July 1,…
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