The Civil War and its ghosts have never disappeared from the southern landscape. They remain especially visible in Virginia, where the Confederates located their capital, where the fall of slavery began in Hampton and where more major battles were fought than in any other state.

During the first of a four year commemoration, I traveled across Virginia to document how the Civil War still resonates today. There is no doubt that education is a motivation for some, but it equally becomes about nostalgia, commercialization, politics and a desire to be something else.

The uncomfortable sin of slavery left a real need for Southerners to change their story. And our nation's narrative keeps evolving. One hundred and fifty years later, we continue to define the Civil War as it continues to define us.

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