"We saw both Union and Confederate uniforms, giving Christopher and me much to speculate upon"

 

Confederate soldier's uniform
Public DomainConfederate soldier's uniform

   

Union soldier's uniform
Public DomainUnion soldier's uniform
 

These two uniforms represent the two sides that fought against each other - the Union and the Confederacy - in the American Civil War, 1861-1865.  The latter comprised the Southern States, including Virginia, who declared secession from the USA while the former opposed the Union in support of the federal government.

A glimpse into the uniforms

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