America's Battleground

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania--this is America's battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed--most in graves unknown.


Park Program at Chatham Manor

Visiting the Park

Wondering how best to explore the park? Go here for building and park hours, special event listings, regulations, and tips on what not to miss!

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Screenshot from Virtual Classroom home page, featuring Soldier Stories, Civilian Stories, and Slave Stories

Virtual Classroom

Explore the stories of the Fredericksburg area through our new, interactive online classroom.

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Sunken Road in Fredericksburg

Battle of Fredericksburg

Many remember Fredericksburg for disastrous Union frontal assaults, but what is the full story behind the December 1862 Confederate victory?

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Cannon near artillery lunettes at Fairview

Battle of Chancellorsville

Often viewed as Lee's Greatest Victory, Chancellorsville inflicted high casualties with little payoff. Jackson fell, and the war swung northward.

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Rolling fields in front of the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Court House

Battles of Wilderness & Spotsylvania C. H.

With Grant commanding all armies in 1864, the war took a sharp turn south. The essence of changing war lingers here in remaining trenches and woods.

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Media Connections

Check out our social media sites, videos, or virtual tours to stay connected with your park!

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Park intern leading a walking tour

Park Internships

Want to put your passion for history to work on a Civil War Battlefield? Check out our summer internship opportunities.

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Volunteers at 2011 Park Day on Wilderness Battlefield

Giving Back

Want to give back to a place you love? Check out our many volunteer opportunities.

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