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Chatham Manor, Fredericksburg

Soldiers, civilians, slaves--lives transformed by what took place here. Nearly 100,000 men fell killed or wounded in four battles spanning eighteen months. The constant presence or passage of armies for nearly two years mutilated the landscape, bringing agriculture to a virtual halt. In Fredericksburg, the Union army bombarded and then looted, leaving nearly 100 buildings destroyed and the fortunes of many families ruined. But amidst the destruction, slaves sought and found freedom. The sum total: the Civil War transformed this community socially, physically, and politically. Here, everything happened either "before the war" or "after the war," and no one needs to ask which war you're talking about.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields: Fredericksburg (December 1862), Chancellorsville (May 1863), and Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House (May 1864). The park also manages four major historic structures, two of them (Chatham and Jackson Shrine) open year-round. Ellwood and Salem Church are open seasonally.

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  • We stopped here to buy some time before a soccer game. The staff at the visitor center was really helpful. We watched the movie which set the stage. They charge a small fee. You need to pay the gift s...  more »
  • Wanting to have a leisurely day, we chose to visit one of the local Civil War battle sites. Easy to find and plenty of parking. When we first entered the building, a very nice gentleman took the time ...  more »
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  • Beautiful, historical. The NPS rangers were very helpful on answering my questions. Nice place to stroll on a beautiful day
  • After nearly 20 years I returned to this Manor. It seems like some buildings have been removed. The field by the parking area I remember there was two structures but not anymore. The property seems to have been well maintained and the view is great. Its nice to see it well preserved it would be nice to see people take more interest in u.s. history.

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