During the Civil War, Virginia fielded about 150,000 Confederate troops, and 50,000 Union troops (the majority coming from the northwestern counties which later became West Virginia). At least one Virginian actually served in both the Confederate and Union armies. At the beginning of the war, a Confederate soldier in uniform from Fairfax County approached the Union soldiers guarding Chain Bridge. Asked what he was doing trying to cross the bridge, he responded that he was travelling to Washington, DC to see his uncle. The perplexed Union soldiers asked who his uncle was and the soldier replied, " his name is Uncle Sam." He was quickly enlisted as a Union scout due to his knowledge of the local terrain.
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