Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, 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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  • The half hour walk and talk by the ranger was terrific. As always, top notch expert provided explanations on the significance of the site to the battle and the battle to the war.  more »
  • This was top of our list to visit in the area and didn't disappoint. Tour cut short by thunder storm but the more hardy of us ploughed on with lots to read and see including a small house still preser...  more »
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  • Excellent. Well worth the visit. A museum of the usual high standard expected from the NPS, a film (nominal charge), a very fine ranger-led 35- minute short tour (no charge) which is easily extended by walking the trail on one’s own initiative. After a couple of hours doing this, there’s a driving tour outlined in the excellent leaflet. The staff are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. One can learn a great deal about a very significant Civil War battle; altogether a day very well spent.
  • Very nicely shaded with many interesting monuments & historical markers to read. Not busy. Plenty of parking & picnic tables. Other visitors were friendly. Nice little escape on the outskirts of the busy downtown area.

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