Welcome to the education page of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania N.M.P. website. This page is separated into two parts. The first section is for teachers and contains information on field trips to the park and helpful information on developing lesson plans about the Civil War. The second part is designed for students working on research papers. It contains links to Civil War battles, personalities and other topics students might need help in researching. Students of all ages should find it beneficial.
VISITING THE PARK:
Field Trip Guidelines for visiting the park. Teachers wanting to set up a field trip should call Peter Maugle, the park education specialist, at (540) 654-5498, or contact him via email.
LESSON PLANS AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:
The Fredericksburg Newspaper's Website has an excellent webpage on teaching the Civil War. It contains information on the Virginia SOL's as well as useful information for teachers preparing lessons and students doing reports.
Education World's Great Sites for Teaching about the Civil War. Each week new sites are selected.
Teachers may also find it helpful to explore the link listed below.
Many students come to the Park looking for brochures about their report topic. The Park simply cannot afford to write and publish pamphlets on every conceivable Civil War topic. That is where the internet comes in. The link below is a portal to a wealth of information on dozens of Civil War topics including soldiers, African-Americans, women, medicine, causes of the war, and summaries of the war.
Did You Know?
The longest sustained intense fight of the Civil War occured at the Bloody Angle, a slight bend on the west side of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. For up to 20 hours men were engaged in hand-to-hand combat that not even darkness put an end to.