A 32-year-old woman was killed, when a car slammed into the crowd of counter-protesters.
Two police officers died in a helicopter crash nearby after assisting efforts to quell the clashes.
The white nationalists protested against the plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War.
The situation in the town was stabilized due to the efforts of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who declared an emergency and managed to halt the rally.
The governor addressed the nationalists with a clear message: “I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: go home. "You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you,” he said.