Prior to the Civil War, Danville emerged as a major market and manufacturing center for bright leaf tobacco. The town grew from a village to the third largest manufacturing center in Virginia between 1850-1860. By 1860-1861, the political picture in country was worsening daily. The individuals from Danville who were elected to the Virginia Convention to decide the issue of secession struggled to remain in the Union in the face of what they saw as a complete disregard of state rights. Many in Danville, and elsewhere, wrestled with this issue to the last minute. When no compromise could be reached, Danville's delegation voted for secession. They did so with misgivings, but once committed, were determined to do their part.
"Between the Lines" investigates the effects of the Civil War on Danville and its residents. Learn how the city housed hospitals, prisons, and finally the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. Explore the impact of the railroads and the roles of women and African-Americans during this period of the city's history.