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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/12/2011

Mount Vernon to launch Civil War tour

By The Associated Press

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia will soon offer a new tour to highlight its connection to the Civil War.

After Union troops stormed nearby Alexandria just weeks into the war, Confederate forces were closing in from the south. Records show soldiers from both sides visited the estate during that turbulent time.

Washington's home was considered one of the few neutral locations during the war, due to efforts by the home's caretakers, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

The estate announced Friday that it will offer the “Mount Vernon in the Civil War” tour on Saturdays and Sundays beginning April 2 through October. It will show the changing role of African Americans at the estate and views from Union and Confederate perspectives about the first U.S. president.

By The Associated Press  | February 12, 2011; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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THE "CIVIL WAR" TITLE IS A LIE! WE NEVER HAS ONE OF THEM IN THE SOUTH. I CIVIL WAR IS BETWEEN TWO GROUPS WITH IN THE SAME COUNTRY. THE CSA NEVER FOUGHT BETWEEN AMONG OUR SELF.

THE CSA WAS A COUNTRY WITH SETTING GOVERNMENTS BEFORE BEING INVADED BY THE NORTH. THE WAR WAS NOT OVER SLAVERY, IT WAS OVER VERY HIGH TAXES.

LINCOLN SAID THE CSA COULD KEEP THE SLAVES IF THEY WOULD STAY IN THE UNION. HE WANTED THE TAXES, I HAVE HEARD NUMBERS UP TO 80% THE SOUTH WAS PAYING TO SUPPORT THE UNION, THE SOUTH SAID NO!.

Posted by: rwmoore | February 12, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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