Lat/Long: 37.533450, -77.431783
Richmond sits on the falls of the James River in eastern Virginia. Originally developed as a trading post outside Fort Charles in 1645, the town was formally laid out in 1737 and became the state capital of Virginia in 1779. In July 1861, it was designated the capital of the Confederacy, and the city remained a major objective of the Union Army until its capture in 1865.
Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 1017.