Civil War

Chris Gensic

While most of this state’s gardening gets done in the spring and summer, Virginia’s tree lovers have been busy this fall.  Sandy Hausman reports on an effort to plant 620,000 – one for each man who died in the Civil War.

When a Car Ride Led to Friendship

Apr 28, 2016

This is how a friendship started. 

Paige Chargois was picking up her newspaper at the Independent Living community where she lives in Richmond. That’s when she met a woman who appeared to be lost. The woman was a new neighbor, and she needed to get to a bank to cash a check.

 

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For 92 years, a statue of Robert E. Lee on horseback has dominated a small downtown park in Charlottesville. This morning, several dozen people gathered in Lee Park to show their support for a new proposal to take it down, and rename the park where it stands.

 

Charlottesville city councilor Wes Bellamy opened his press conference with a welcome to all in attendance. But things quickly turned tense as a small group of Confederate flag waving protesters from Richmond and elsewhere repeatedly interrupted local residents who Bellamy had invited to speak.

VA to Stop Issuing Confederate License Plates

Jun 23, 2015

 Governor Terry McAuliffe wants the Confederate flag banished from all Virginia license plates.

He references the killings at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina…as well as a Supreme Court decision that states can limit the content of license plates.

Virginia vanity plates include one for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which features the battle flag in the logo.

Like other forms of fashion, styles of facial hair come and go.  Today, beards are back -- and a history museum in Richmond is celebrating by pairing modern-day men with Civil War generals who look something like them in an exhibition called “Beard Wars.” 

The Show at Richmond’s Valentine History Center features photos of union and confederate generals, side by side with members of the RVA Beard League - a philanthropic group that celebrates whiskers.

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