The Civil War Sesquicentennial
The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (the 150th Anniversary) will be commemorated by our park with four large battle anniversaries and several smaller programs, exhibits, and performances that highlight events which took place in Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties 150 years ago. It is a momentous anniversary, and we hope you'll join us for one or more of our events marking significant past occurrences and themes.
In 1864, the eyes of the nation turned to Virginia, where it seemed the fate of the war would be decided. New to the war in the East, Ulysses S. Grant launched a campaign with the determination that "there will be no turning back." 150 years later, the National Park Service is proud to offer a series of programs, ceremonies, and real-time tours to commemorate the fateful events of May 1864.
Check here for a full listing of tours, events, and special commemorative programs.
Maps and Planning
Looking for help navigating our 150th Anniversary? Go here for additional maps to help you get around.
FAQs and Safety Guidelines
Wondering about Virginia's weather in May? Don't want to get caught by ticks or snakes? Find more guidance on having a safe and enjoyable anniversary here.
Partners and Events
Several of our friends and partners are also planning events to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Overland Campaign. Check here for links to events in our area and following the armies beyond our park!
Can't make it to the park for our anniversary, or want to follow the campaign digitally? Follow our social media outlets for updates, photos, and video of our events.
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.