The Civil War gets “personal’ with Virginia

Richmond, VA (December 15, 2011) – The Virginia Tourism office has announced a new Web site for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation that tells unexpected stories of real people who did extraordinary things during the Civil War.  These compelling stories, found at, will engage online visitors in personal and lesser known historical happenings of men, women, slaves, soldiers and others who lived through one of the most turbulent times in American history. Visitors to the web site will discover the sites where they can encounter those stories and “walk in their footsteps” 150 years later on a visit to Virginia.

“We believe that visitors will be drawn to these stories of everyday people who not only endured but in some cases made a dramatic difference for others in the midst of war,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of VTC. “We know about the larger-than-life figures of our history books, but the people featured in this web site have something important to tell us as well.”

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