The Fields of Battle

Cannon at Prospect Hill on the Fredericksburg battlefield illuminated by bright red sunset
Prospect Hill at Sunset

Buddy Secor

Battle of Fredericksburg

A winter campaign which illuminates the influence of politics and miscommunication on the battlefield, resulting in one of the most lopsided Confederate victories of the war.

Location of Stonewall Jackson's Flank Attack - field with hay bales under a blue sky with clouds and sun
Location of Stonewall Jackson's Flank Attack

Buddy Secor

Battle of Chancellorsville

A dramatic battle which is widely considered Robert E. Lee's greatest victory, the battle of Chancellorsville was one of the most confusing and costly of the entire war. Between the wounding of General Stonewall Jackson and the loss of troops, was what Lee lost worth what he gained?

Historic red frame house, Ellwood, behind large tree
Ellwood Manor on the Wilderness battlefield

Larry Stuart

Battle of the Wilderness

The opening engagement of the pivotal Overland Campaign, this was the first time Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met each other on a field of battle. Fought in a wild, dense forest region known as the Wilderness, the hard fighting and frightening landscape left its mark upon the soldiers and generals who clashed here.

Monument in front of rolling landscape  and treeline with fall foliage
New Jersey Monument at the Bloody Angle

NPS Photo

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

A nearly two-week engagement on the heels of the fighting in the Wilderness, the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House included some of the most intense and destructive fighting of the war. Most famous was the twenty-two hours of hand-to-hand combat at the Bloody Angle.

Last updated: August 4, 2017

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