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Library of Virginia Collects Artifacts for Civil War Anniversary

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Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Campbell Co.,VA- This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and the Library of Virginia is visiting localities to collect artifacts for the Sesquicentennial.

Representatives from the library made a stop at the Historic Courthouse in Campbell County on Saturday. They received dozens of historic documents, letters, and pictures to be scanned into the library's online archive.

The document collection is part of the Civil War 150 Legacy Project to digitize civil war documents for preservation.

During their visit to Campbell County, library representatives received several documents including a VMI diploma signed by Stonewall Jackson. The antique dealer that brought in the document says he felt special to have such a special document.

"When you get this piece of paper in your hand, you think this is history. It really touching to know your holding a piece of history," said Paul Davis.

"This is a great opportunity, because we hoping with this project we'll be able to shed new light on existing material that we've never seen before," said Laura Drake Davis, CW 150 Legacy Archivist.

The documents will be held for both the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

If you'd like to learn more about the project or see the scanned document go to http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/legacy/  or www.virginiamemory.com/cw150

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