"Occupied City: Life in Civil War Alexandria" examines life in an American town, seized and held by its own Federal government following Virginia's decision to secede from the Union in May 1861. See how Robert E. Lee's hometown of Alexandria was transformed literally overnight from a prosperous, bustling commercial port into a supply, hospital, and transportation center for the Union Army, and find out why Alexandria became a destination for African Americans seeking freedom. Explore the experiences of Alexandrians and other who lived here during this tumultuous time, through their own words, as well as period photographs and collections items. This exhibition is part of Alexandria's commemoration of this Civil War Sesquicentennial and reflects Alexandria's theme of "Witness to War and Reunion." The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Fee: $2
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