Check out this highly cinematic aerial video of Richmond, Virginia, compliments of AirVuz contributor and pilot EricFoster. Located on the banks of the James River, Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It's located in the eastern part of the state, about 150 km (around 90 mi.) due south of Washington, DC. During the US Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America, as the secessionist South was known during the bloody conflict.