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    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

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  • Exhibit renovations at Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center

    Exhibits and the film are currently unavailable at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center while we prepare the building for new exhibits. The information desk, bookstore, and restrooms are available.

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    Exhibits are currently unavailable at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, as we remove old exhibits and prepare the building for new exhibits in June 2014. The information desk, bookstore, and restrooms are available.

Wilderness Exhibit Shelter

Wilderness Exhibit Shelter
A shelter of exhibits explains the Battle of the Wilderness. On weekends in the spring and fall and daily during the summer, the shelter is manned by a historian.
 
Exhibits on the Battle of the Wilderness
Exhibits on the Battle of the Wilderness
 
19th century view of Saunders Field
This 19th century view across Saunders Field is taken from a point near the Wilderness Exhibit Shelter. Note the Orange Turnpike on the left side of the image.
 
Saunders Field
This modern photo was taken near where the previous 19th century image was made. The opening infantry shots of the battle occurred in this field, one of the few clearings in the dense woods of the Wilderness.
 
140th New Monument in Saunders Field
The battle began with the 140th New York in colorful Zouave uniforms crossing Saunders Field to attack Confederates of Richard Ewell's Corps on the ridge. The 140th New York Monument was dedicated in May of 1989 during ceremonies commemorating the 125th anniversary of the battle.
 
Beginning of Gordon Flank Attack Trail
The two-mile Gordon Flank Attack Trail begins at the Exhibit Shelter and follows the opening Union attack across Saunders Field. Upon reaching the Confederate lines, the path follows the Confederate earthworks before crossing over to the Union trenches, which it follows back to the Exhibit Shelter.
 
Exhibit along the Gordon Flank Attack Trail
The trail provides access to some of the best preserved earthworks in the park. Along the trail there are exhibits to explain the history.
 
John B. Gordon
On the evening of May 6, Confederate John Brown Gordon led a famous attack upon the Union right flank. The combination of Union reinforcements and darkness stopped the attack after an initial success. The earthworks where Gordon's men dug in that evening can be seen by visitors who hike the Gordon Flank Attack Trail.
 

Did You Know?

Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville is Lee's greatest victory, but also a Pyrrhic victory. After the battle Lee was very depressed. His army gained no ground, his army lost a much higher percent, his army failed to achieve their objective (destruction of the Union army) and they lost Stonewall Jackson.