National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: May 20, 1861

Richmond Voted New Capital

Confederate Capitol Building

The Confederate Congress votes to move the capital from Montgomery, Ala. to Richmond, Va. Barely 100 miles from Washington, it will become a focal point of the Union war effort.

Now: May 1, 2007

Capitol Renovation

Virginia State Capitol Undergoing Renovation

The former capitol of the Confederacy, which still houses the oldest legislative body in North America, reopens after a three-year restoration project.

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