Just west of Fredericksburg, Virginia, lay a vast expanse of tangled thickets and woodlands known as the Wilderness. In May of 1863 and 1864, this second growth forest was the scene of horrific slaughter as the conflagration of the Civil War consumed this region in two of the war’s bloodiest conflicts: the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 and the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. More than 61,000 Americans became casualties during these battles, including Stonewall Jackson, who delivered his military masterpiece in the fighting at Chancellorsville.
Since its formation in 1927, the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has been the caretaker of both the Chancellorsville and Wilderness battlefields, but portions of Confederate and Union assaults at both battlefields have remained unpreserved. Now, the Civil War Trust has the opportunity to preserve this hallowed ground but also connect these two historic sites by preserving a 355-acre parcel located between Chancellorsville and the Wilderness—land that saw combat in 1863 and 1864. Saving this land would not only add to the more than 752 acres we have already saved at these two battlefields; we would provide an interpretive bridge between two crucial chapters in our nation’s history.
Help Save the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads!