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Virtual Tour Stop, Massaponax Church

Massaponax Church
On May 21, General Grant realized that everywhere he maneuvered around Spotsylvania he found the Confederates in a stronger position due to improvements in earthwork fortifications. He decided to move forward to the southeast. Photographer Timothy O'Sullivan snapped this famous photo from the second floor of Massaponax Church. Grant is seen on the left bending over to look at a map held by General Meade. They are surrounded by members of their staff.
 
Massaponax Church
Massaponax Church is still standing. The previous photograph was taken looking out of one the upper windows. The Union officers were sitting in church pews in the foreground of this image.
 
Headstone in Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery

Headstone in Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery.

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Did You Know?

Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Battlefield

The Spotsylvania History Trail consists of a series of loop trails totaling seven miles. Visitors have options of walking one or more loops or driving the sections that parallel the road and walking the sections that are through the woods and fields.