Historic Tredegar Gives a Balanced Civil War Overview
Once the biggest ironworks in the Confederacy, the Tredegar complex now houses the American Civil War Museum’s flagship exhibit. Explore the war’s causes, history, and legacies from the viewpoints of Unionists, Confederates, and African Americans. Artifacts, movies, plasma screen maps, and text provide a thoughtful, balanced look at the conflict and its aftermath, geared toward adults and teens. Tredegar is located on the James River Canal Walk next to the Potterfield pedestrian bridge, which gives a great close-up view of the James. The American Civil War Museum's other branch, The White House & Museum of the Confederacy, located at 1201 E. Clay St., includes the mansion where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived during the war.