Chancellorsville Visitor Center Closed Beginning Dec. 23
The Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center will be closed for renovation work until March 15, when we expect to open on a limited basis. The information desk, restrooms, and bookstore will open then, but exhibits will be closed as we install new.
Exhibit renovations at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center
The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center will be closed Friday, March 7, and exhibits will be unavailable as we work on dismantling existing exhibits and prepare for new. The bookstore will remain open.
Eastern National Bookstore
The park has two main bookstores and two smaller units. The primary shop is located behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center with over 500 titles. A second store can be found at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. The smaller units are at Chatham Manor and the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine. These stores are operated by Eastern National, a non-profit "cooperating association." The bookstore manager can be reached at (540) 372-3034. A portion of each purchase goes directly back to the park and helps fund many interpretive activities.
Eastern National Suggested Reading List
The following book titles are usually in stock at both of our stores. Contact Eastern National at the telephone number above for current pricing and ordering information.
The Golden Book of the Civil War by Charles Flato -- this book is adapted for children from the book narrated by Bruce Catton.
To Be a Slave--Interviews with ex-slaves A Newberry Honor Book.
Gentle Annie, The Story of a Civil War Nurse by Mary F. Shura.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
Civil War for Kids -- History with 21 activities by Janis Herbert
Civil War Women
Mary Chesnut’s Civil War Ed. by C. Vann Woodward -- a revealing diary of a member of Richmond’s Civil War social circle, a Pulitzer Prize winning work.
Women in the Civil War by Mary E. Massey A comprehensive impartial history of the work of women during the Civil War.
Trial and Triumphs: The Women of the American Civil War by Marilyn Mayer Culpepper -- a revealing book on the many different roles played by women during the Civil War and how the struggle effected them.
Sad Earth, Sweet Heaven: The Diary of Lucy R. Buck 1871-1865.
The Plantation Mistress by Catherine Clinton.
African American History
Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling -- a biography of Harriet Tubman written especially for children.
The Sable Arm by Dudley Taylor Cornish -- details the lives of African-Americans in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
The Negro in the Civil War by Benjamin Quarles -- describes life for African American's in both the North and the South in the role of soldiers and non-combatants.
Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember Ed. by Belinda Hurmence -- gives first-hand accounts of slavery by surviving slaves in the 1930’s.
Men of Color -- Photos and Documents of Colored Troops in Civil War by William Gladstone.
Fredericksburg: A Documentary Film -- the extended 57 minute version of movie shown in the visitor center.
Chancellorsville: A Documentary Film-- the extended 90 minute film shown in the Chancellorsville Visitor Center.
Virginians Desolate, Virginias Free-- 30 minute film shown at Chatham on the impact of the Civil War on Virginia's civilian population.
Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War -- a seven volume series depicting the battles along first hand accounts and period photographs (available as single episodes).
Civil War: The Fiery Trial -- an overview of the events that shaped the future of American videos with plenty of on-site photography to bring the war to life (35 minutes).
The Civil War: 1861-1865 -- the highly acclaimed documentary by PBS brings the war to life in nine volumes through the use of still photographs and quotes from actual participants.
Fredericksburg Expedition Guide: CD Rom - Animated Battle Study & Walking Tour Guide
Fredericksburg Driving Tour Tape -- 3 hour driving tour
Chancellorsville Driving Tour Tape -- 3 hour driving tour
Wilderness/Spotsylvania Driving Tour Tape -- 3 hour driving tour
Did You Know?
Both Ellwood and Chatham were owned by the Lacy family during the Civil War. Both houses are part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.