Our next stop was Petersburg, Virginia. We all have become very interested in Civil War History and we had read about the battles in Petersburg in Marcus’ You Wouldn’t Want to be a Civil War Soldier book. We learned Union soldiers from Pennsylvania had tunneled under the Confederates (just like coal miners.) We saw the crater at the Battle of the Crater they had caused.
While we visited the area we stayed at The South Forty campground. We toured the Capitol building in Richmond. Thomas Jefferson himself designed the Capitol building. It is inspired by the Maison Carree in France and based on classical Roman temple. It is made of brick and covered with stucco. In the rotunda stands a statue of George Washington which is an original which was made from molds taken from Washington’s face. The tour we took was amazing. The tour guide Mr. Steadman was so knowledgeable about Richmond and Virginia history and the role this building played in the Civil War. We all enjoyed the more than hour long history lesson. I also included pictures of Marcus constructing and fort diorama and Caroline painting.