Civil War 150 Legacy Project Comes to Lynchburg

      Lynchburg, VA - A group of archivists were in Lynchburg Saturday for the Civil War 150 Legacy Project.

      The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission started the project. They travel the state looking for any original documents from the Civil War era.

      A team was at Historic Sandusky home scanning the materials that will later be posted online.

      Organizers say it's a great way to share history, and still allow people to keep those family mementos. They also say the project will show what life was like for people in that time, including soldiers, women and African Americans.

      "We've gotten some interesting diaries from a former slave who ran away and was able to join the Union Navy, so it's been really neat," said Renee Savits, the project coordinator.

      The project started in 2010 and lasts until 2015. The coordinator they've scanned more than 32,000 images so far.