Four bloody conflicts. Slaves freed. Homes destroyed. A nation's efforts to remember. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has many stories to tell.
The park tries to present the rich and varied experiences of the people who lived, worked and fought on these lands before, during, and after the Civil War. Explore these five pages for some of their stories:
Tactics and troop movements are only a small part of the story of the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. Discover what made each battle experience unique, learn about the personalities and motivations of the men who fought, and read descriptions of the battles written by the soldiers.
The park's story cannot be told without understanding the role slavery and the quest for freedom played in this area. What were the lives of enslaved people like on the three plantations now included in the park? How did the Civil War change the lives of former slaves? And in what ways did the struggle for Civil Rights continue after the war?
Last updated: August 17, 2021