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Confederate Citadel: Richmond and Its People at War

Mary A. DeCredico


Richmond, Virginia, became the capital of the Confederate States of America in May 1861. From that point on, it would be the target of multiple Union “On to Richmond” campaigns. Richmond was symbolic: its capitol building bore the imprimatur of the Revolutionary War generation and had been designed by Thomas Jefferson; on its grounds was a famous equestrian statue of George Washington. Nearby was St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry had demanded liberty—or death. But Richmond was an anomaly in the antebellum South. It supported a diverse population of whites, slaves, free people of color, an ... More

Keywords: secession, mobilization, Confederate capital, urban slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813179254
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813179254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary A. DeCredico, author
United States Naval Academy