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.

Luminaries surrounding rows and rows of soldier graves decorated with small flags at night
National Cemetery Luminaria

The National Cemetery Illumination takes place every year during Memorial Day Weekend.

A statue of a man in an open cemetery with fall trees behind.
Fredericksburg National Cemetery

Learn about the history of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, read stories of those at rest here, and plan your visit.

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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!

A large group of children and adults walk on a trail
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.

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.

Last updated: May 27, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405


540 693-3200

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