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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,…

In December 1814, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent which was ratified by Congress in February 1815 and officially ended what came to be known as the War of 1812. As part of this treaty, England agreed to turn over to…

These two engravings by the Scottish-born artist William Charles (1776–1820) contrast the resistance—or lack thereof—to British the invasions of Alexandria, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812. Having their cities under…

This document shows a portrait of Mary Willing Byrd painted in the early 1770’s by artist Matthew Pratt. After placing three advertisements in the Virginia Gazette, William Byrd hired Pratt to paint a portrait of his second wife Mary Willing…

Free and enslaved African Americans served on both sides of the American Revolutionary War. Patriot leaders, including George Washington, were largely lukewarm to the thought of recruiting slaves for the war, whereas the British side fully embraced…

This photograph depicts a marble statue of George Washington, our nation’s first President. The statue was created by Jean-Antoine Houdon and is located in the Virginia State Capitol. Washington was born in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to…

Molly Pitcher is a fabled figure said to have fought during the Revolutionary War. Women served in many capacities during the Revolution, doing everything from laundry to serving as armed and uniformed soldiers. The name “Molly Pitcher” is a…

The Southern Illustrated News was printed in Richmond from 1862 to 1865. The cartoon lampoons Lincoln’s revolving door of generals that had faced—and lost to—Southern armies in Virginia. After General Winfield Scott retired at the beginning of…

On June 6, 1944, soldiers of the Allied Expeditionary Force stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord, often referred to as D-Day. Approximately 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile…
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