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The Wilderness

May 5 - 7, 1864

Spotsylvania and Orange Counties, Virginia

A unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park, the Wilderness battlefield features extensive walking trails that allow visitors to explore this hallowed ground.

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Essential To-Do List:
The Wilderness

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

Visit Ellwood in the Wilderness

The home of the Lacy family served as a field headquarters during two separate battles and is the final resting place of the legendary Stonewall Jackson's left arm.

See the real Wilderness at the Widow Tapp Farm

Stand at the spot where General Lee nearly lost the war in 1864, where one of Lee's most poignant moments occurred and where the woods still maintain the distinct character of the Wilderness!

Learn about slaughter and confusion at Saunders Field

The struggle for Saunders Field at the Wilderness marked the beginning of one of the longest and most savage periods of combat in American history.

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Civil War Discovery Trail


Open daily, from sunrise to sunset.


(540) 786-2880


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