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Pen used by Valentine Southal Enter Fullscreen More information
Pen used by Valentine Southal
Pen used by Valentine Southall to sign the Virginia Ordinance of Secession. Inserted into a holder made from the carriage of a gun that fired on Fort Sumter, 1960.74.A-B
Presentation sword (Front) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars Enter Fullscreen More information
Presentation sword (Front) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars
Presentation sword (Front) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars, 1900.1.A-B. In 1861, Thomas was one of 50,000 Virginians who decided to remain in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of major general.
Presentation sword (Back) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars Enter Fullscreen More information
Presentation sword (Back) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars
Presentation sword (Back) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars, 1900.1.A-B. In 1861, Thomas was one of 50,000 Virginians who decided to remain in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of major general.
Thomas Moran’s painting of The Slave Hunt Enter Fullscreen More information
Thomas Moran’s painting of The Slave Hunt
Thomas Moran’s painting of The Slave Hunt [Dismal Swamp, Virginia], 1864, 2000.161
Confederate Currency Enter Fullscreen More information
Confederate Currency
Confederate currency printed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and various counties, 1861-1865, 2010.40.50
Confederate Currency Enter Fullscreen More information
Confederate Currency
Confederate currency printed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and various counties, 1861-1865, 2010.40.23
Confederate Currency Enter Fullscreen More information
Confederate Currency
Confederate currency printed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and various counties, 1861-1865, 2010.40.73
Confederate Currency Enter Fullscreen More information
Confederate Currency
Confederate currency printed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and various counties, 1861-1865, 2010.39.2
Pen used by Valentine Southal
Pen used by Valentine Southal
Presentation sword (Front) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars
Presentation sword (Front) awarded to Geor
Presentation sword (Back) awarded to George Henry Thomas for gallantry in the Seminole and Mexican wars
Presentation sword (Back) awarded to Georg
Thomas Moran’s painting of The Slave Hunt
Thomas Moran’s painting of The Slave Hunt
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency
Confederate Currency