From 1861 through 1865 Virginia stood at the center of a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the war. This exhibition encourages visitors to consider how a single event, separated from us by 150 years, so fundamentally reshaped American society that its impact is still experienced today. What was gained by the Civil War, what was lost, and what is left for us to resolve?
An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia consists of two 1,500 square-foot gallery traveling exhibitions—Waging War and Surviving War—that together feature over 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art audiovisual programs.