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Civil War deeply rooted in Virginia
Civil War deeply rooted in Virginia

On a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with it. A father and son inspect cannons in formation for the first major battle in the war that determined what freedom would mean in America. A jogger passes by on her daily route through the suburban sprawl of Washington, D.C., oblivious. On a glorious day when spring is promised in every new bud at Appomattox, the state's still-rural center exudes the calm of truce. Visitors must make a point of finding this place where the...

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