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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, USA  | More on: Chancellorsville » | Fredericksburg »

Portions of four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House), and four major historic structures (Chatham, Salem Church, Ellwood, and the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine) comprise the park. The four battlefields witnessed the death, wounding, or capture of more than one hundred thousand men over two years. It is the bloodiest ground in North America. The battles here reflect a continuum of war - the ebb and flow of a nation at war with itself - and the changing nature of human experience (both civilian and military) during the four years of combat. The battles offer important insights into the minds and methods of great leaders, men like Lee, Jackson, and Grant. The battlefields reflect the changing nature of battlefield tactics as they evolved from open field fighting to trench warfare. These changes had major implications for the soldiers' experience in battle, which changed dramtically between 1862 and 1864. Highlights of the park include Fredericksburg's formidable stone wall, Spotsylvania's infamous "Bloody Angle, " and the house where "Stonewall" Jackson died.


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The entrance to Spotsylvania Battlefield is on Route 613, Brock Road, approximately two miles northwest of the community of Spotsylvania. Since the Battle of Spotsylvania is a continuation of the Wilderness battle, most visitors approach Spotsylvania battlefield from the Wilderness battlefield. To do so, from the last tour stop at Wilderness turn right on the Brock Road (Highway 613) and proceed seven miles. Turn left into Spotsylvania Battlefield. Click here to view a park map which can be enlarged to show more detail. Before visiting the Spotsylvania Battlefield, it is strongly recommended that you first go to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or Chancellorsville Visitor Center. There you can obtain information on the battle, directions to the battlefields, brochures and maps.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum, summer tours, trails.

Regular Events

Memorial Day: commemorative program, Sunday closest to December 13: Fredericksburg Battle Commemoration

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Park and visitor centers open: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. in the off-season, and 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. in the summer. The outdoor areas of the park are open daily from sunrise to sunset.



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