Civil War Richmond is an online research project designed to collect documents, photographs, and maps pertaining to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War.

By using actual documents from the time, we can accurately present life inside the Confederate Capital categorized and in chronological order for the reader. The main categories include Hospitals, Prisons, Other Sites, People, Events, Culture and the Military. These written accounts provide a vivid picture of the people, places and events in Richmond during the Civil War.

About Civil War Richmond

Civil War Richmond, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation engaged in historical research into the City of Richmond during the Civil War. We are dedicated to making this research easily available to other historical researchers and the public.

The original website was launched in the summer of 1997 as an ongoing research project into the City of Richmond during the Civil War. To continue and expand on that goal, this new website was developed in 2014. The purpose is to collect and preserve primary historical sources (documents, photographs, maps, etc.) together in a logical manner, fully cross-referenced.

This website has been developed in consultation and close collaboration with the historian, Michael D. Gorman of Richmond, VA, (Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1998; Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003; National Park Service, 1999-present.) Mike is responsible for applying the highest standards of historical methodology in conducting exhaustive research, the transcription of documents and the collection of information necessary to produce the materials available on this website.

Mike transcribes the documents that are presented here so this website cannot, out of necessity, ever be finished – it is a constant work in progress. The documents speak for themselves.

The overall thrust of Civil War Richmond is focused on actual documentation– it is not a genealogical site, although much of the information here will be useful to genealogists. To break down the overwhelming volume of material, it was decided to use the documents to focus on various categories of Richmond life and allow the reader to come to their own decisions about their meaning - a central purpose was to present these materials and documents without commentary, trusting the individual to make whatever use of them is appropriate.

 Why did the Confederates pick Richmond as their capital?

Mike Gorman of the Richmond National Battlefield Park explains why in this edition of The Civil War in 4 Minutes.


In July 2019, Civil War Richmond began transcribing all of the articles from the Richmond Dispatch's front page column "Local Matters". The articles start at July 15, 1864. This ongoing effort will provide a vivid picture of daily events in Richmond during the Civil War.

Latest Richmond newspaper articles

A Rebel War Clerk's Diary


James Robertson wrote in the Editor's Preface: "Michael D. Gorman, who knows more about the citizens of Civil War-era Richmond than anyone who ever lived, was of inestimable assistance. Scattered throughout the notes are references to individuals that only Mike could have identified. He is truly a credit to the National Park Service."

"Richmond in 1865"

Michael Gorman talks about Richmond, Virginia, in 1865 and what historians could learn from photographs from the period on CSpan

A Conqueror or a Peacemaker? Abraham Lincoln in Richmond

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Vol. 123, No. 1 (2015), pp. 2-88

The Fall of Richmond

Mike Gorman talks about the fall of Richmond that began April 2, 1865 and the evacuation fire that followed.

Lincoln in Richmond

Mike Gorman talks to The Richmond History Podcast host Jeff Majer about President Abraham Lincoln’s historic trip to Richmond less then 48 hour after the evacuation of the Confederate Government.

Reconstruction at Chimborazo

Mike Gorman talks about reconstruction in Richmond focusing on what was the former Chimborazo Hospital.

Civil War Life in Richmond

Mike Gorman discusses life in Richmond during the Civil War on the Richmond History Podcast



Contact Mike Gorman
Civil War Richmond historian



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