America's Battleground

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania, this is America's battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed--most in graves unknown.

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Hours of Operation

Check out the park's hours of operation and other basic information to plan your visit.

Two, stacked circular signs directing people on a Battlefield Tour.

Virtual Tours

Explore the park at home or download the NPS App and follow along onsite with these audio tours!

Civil War photograph of General Hooker on horseback in an urban camp.

Hooker Takes Command

In late January 1863, President Lincoln replaced Ambrose Burnside with Joseph Hooker as Commander of the Army of the Potomac.

Two living historians dressed as Civil War U.S. soldiers tend to a fire.

Chatham Living History Day

Visit Chatham Manor during President’s Day weekend on February 18, 2023 for a special event exploring the US Army's winter encampment.

Ulysses Grant cut out holding a trail map

Trails & Brochures

Download trail maps and discover each battlefield on your own time.

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Check if any park events are happening during your visit.

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Watch the park films before your visit or simply browse through the library of park videos.

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Parks as Classrooms

Bring history to your students, in the classroom and at the park.

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Permits & Reservations

Activities such as photography, special events, first amendment exercises, and giving tours may require a permit.

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Download Junior Ranger Books

Four battlefields + four Junior Ranger books = Four times the fun!

Last updated: January 25, 2023

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120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg , VA 22405


540 693-3200

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