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CIVIL WAR EMANCIPATION It happened the first time I visited Guinea Station, just south of Fredericksburg, where the National Park Service preserves the small building in which Confederate general "Stonewall" Jackson died after being mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Bill CraBtree Jr. by Richard Lewis ` Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas About the Writer Richard Lewis received his degree in history from Louisiana State University and is a lifelong history enthusiast. He has written articles for Civil War Times and Hallowed Ground magazine and is a frequent speaker and tour guide. He serves as National Media Relations Director for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. 64 Standing alone in the small room by the bed in which Jackson died, I could hear only my own breathing and the eerie tick-tock of the very mantle clock that counted down Jackson's final seconds. It was one of those magic moments in a place that history buffs consider holy ground. I'm one of those history buffs and I know first-hand that Virginia is filled with magic moments and sacred historic places. More Civil War battles were fought here, by far, than in any other state. From the war's beginning in 1861 through its end in 1865, Union and Confederate armies were at each other's throats in Virginia, producing some of the most famous battles and campaigns of the war. The biggest players were all here at one time or another: Lee, Jackson, Grant, McClellan, Sheridan, Stuart, Lincoln, Davis and even Sherman. But the war was about more than just the battles. It was about the struggle for freedom and a rebirth of a new nation. It was the pivotal event in American history and no place can tell its story better than Virginia. My journey as a lifelong Civil War "buff" took me from childhood history books onto the battlefields themselves in the 1960s and to museums and monuments where I stood in awe soaking it all in. Something speaks to me at those places. And so I set out to reexamine what drew me here and to evaluate with

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virginia Travel Guide 2015

Welcome To Virginia
Virginia Travel Information & State Map
Great Scenic Drives
The Beauty of the Small Town
Eat Like a Local
The New Virginia Cuisine
Local Foodie Fun
Wine & Oysters: Perfect Virginia Pair
Craft Ciders and Other Sips
Love on Tap: Craft Brews
Music to the Ear
Resorts and Sweet Dreams
Golf Virginia!
The Sporting Life
Civil War & Emancipation
Tracking “Turn” in Virginia
Walking with Speilberg and Lincoln
Natural Outdoors
Virginia Water Adventures
Coastal Virginia
Coastal Virginia / Eastern Shore
Chesapeake Bay
Northern Virginia
Central Virginia
Southern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Blue Ridge Highlands
Heart of Appalachia
Virginia Accommodations
Virginia Events 2015

Virginia Travel Guide 2015