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Virginians Desolate, Virginians Free

Virginians Desolate, Virginians Free

The Civilian experience in Virginia during the Civil War. (85 minutes) (DVD)

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Virginian Desolate, Virginians Free

- and bonus feature -

CHATHAM: The Story of Chatham Manor at Fredericksburg


Produced for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg, these programs take a look at war from the eyes of civilians: the men and women of the Fredericksburg area, their children, and also the slaves who became free during the hard fighting in and around Fredericksburg during the war. Nowhere was the fighting so prolonged and in such close proximity to the civilian population, as it was at Fredericksburg. With four major battles, and the area changing hands repeatedly, friendships and loyalties were tested – confirmed or destroyed by the wastage of war and the bitterness of change, of losing, and the occupation by Federal forces. The diversity of these feelings – so different for pro-Union residents and slaves – is covered in great detail and respect for all perspectives. “Virginia Desolate, Virginians Free” completes the story of the Civil War in Virginia, filling in the experience of those who were there before the armies came, who stayed on through battle and occupation, and who endured the “unendurable”: defeat - long after the war was over.


Civilians evacuating Fredericksbug

Civilians evacuating Fredericksbug


Returning to the ruins

Returning to the ruins


This program is complimented by a special feature on the history of Chatham manor, the headquarters for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg. Using thee-dimensional animated graphics, we follow the growth of Chatham, and the addition of its out-buildings and grounds, and the people who lived and worked there - from its earliest days, through to the 20th century.


Chatham Manor in 3-D

Chatham Manor in 3-D