In Richmond as well as the MOC the museum at the old Tredegar Iron Works is worth a visit as is Hollywood Cemetery.
If you are going to Petersburg then a visit to Pamplin Park is a great way to spend a few hours.
I second fedreb, Michael. In Richmond, there's the MoC, and the Confederate White House, but it's all sandwiched between hospital and university buildings downtown, so they lose their CW feel. I loved Hollywood Cemetery, tho it's in a not so nice part of town. The views of the city from there are terrific. Check out the GettysburgDaily site; they've had several posts on various CW soldiers, famous and not, buried there.
There's not really anything to see in Petersburg itself; I had a great-aunt who lived there, and even she would admit that! Pamplin is nearby there, and it's worth the trip, but they were having some issues with when they were open, so maybe you should call ahead.
If you want Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, then you're going about an hour north up I95. If you do that, it'll be harder with a tight schedule to decide what NOT to see than what to see, since you are also within range of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Salem Church, Guinea Station (where Stonewall Jackson died), Ellwood (where Jackson's arm is buried), and Chatham Manor (Burnside's HQ during the Fredericksburg campaign. See what I mean?
Whatever you choose, and whatever you can fit in--enjoy it!
P.S. I think it's rather fitting that a CW buff is working on the Lincoln film!
Last edited on Thu Oct 20th, 2011 11:33 pm by pamc153PA
Berkley Plantation should be somewhere near Petersburg. Keep in mind it was 25 years since I went there and was 12 at the time (family vacation, we hit Berkley Plantation on the way in and Petersburg on the way out). It's the site of the first English Thanksgiving (which occured a year before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts and two years before they held what's called the first Thanksgiving) and also vthe ancesteral home of Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. But in terms of the Civil War it is the site where Taps is supposed to have been first written and played. Federal troops occupied the plantation during the war with Lincoln visiting the place to confere with McClellan And back in the '80s there was still a cannon ball from the war lodged in the house itself.