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    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

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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.

 
Fredericksburg 150th Procession

Our schedule includes several special programs and participatory events

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Program Schedule

Check here for a full listing of tours, events, and special commemorative programs.

 
"Event ahead" sign from Chancellorsville 150th

Plan your trip carefully for your greatest enjoyment

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Maps and Planning

Looking for help navigating our 150th Anniversary? Go here for additional maps to help you get around.

 
Spiderweb at the Bloody Angle at Dawn

Enjoy your visit to our beautiful battlefields safely!

Larry Stuart

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.

 
Fredericksburg 150th Reenactment

Partner events include talks, tours, and a reenactment of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

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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!

 
Following digitally

Experience the Overland Campaign through our social media sites

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Following Digitally

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.

 
Living History Camp at Chancellorsville

The area has several options for accommodations during your visit.

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Local Accommodations

Looking for a place to stay? You can't pitch your tent on the battlefield, but there are several other options in the area. For the Fredericksburg area, check here; for Spotsylvania County, check here; and for Orange County, check here.

Did You Know?

Confederate artillerists on Marye's Heights

Marye's Heights is what Civil War soldiers called the high ground immediately west of Fredericksburg. It would be more accurate to call it Willis Heights. The heights consisted of two hills where the Willis and Marye families lived prior to the war. Willis Hill is the larger of the two hills.