Amanda and I spent a long weekend late June 2010 in Richmond, VA, a beautiful and friendly city that was the heart and soul of the Civil War, both as the chief industrial center and as the political capital of the Confederacy. The Tredegar Iron Works was an historic iron foundry (1837 – 1957) in Richmond, a critical industrial facility during the Civil War in the development and manufacturing of cannon. The site is now the location of a museum called The American Civil War Center at the historic Pattern building, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
I took some really nice photos of this famous Civil War site, and have also incorporated some historical photos from The Library of Congress as a contrast to what Tredegar looked like during the Civil War. Unlike most of Richmond, Tredegar dodged destruction when the Union forces finally took control of a burning Richmond on April 3rd, 1865. The photo that I took of the Abraham Lincoln statue is evocative and memorializing of his visit to Richmond April 4th, 1865, only one day after the Southern forces fled.