Several hundred Civil War re-enactors marched down Monument Avenue today as the Sons of Confederate Veterans held a Heritage Rally at the Robert E. Lee statue.
A small plane with a banner reading "Richmond, Embrace Your Confederate History" circled the gathering as speakers denounced Abraham Lincoln and praised Lee and Jefferson Davis.
Capitol Police estimated the crowd at between 300 and 400.
The national event commemorated the establishment of the Confederate government in Richmond and the inauguration of Davis as president on Feb. 22, 1862. Davis had been inaugurated as provisional president about a year earlier.