Learn About the Park

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park includes four battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House) and multiple historic sites (Chatham Manor, Ellwood Manor, the "Stonewall" Jackson Death Site, and Salem Church).

The links found on this page will take you to content that covers the history of the battles, park photos and videos, news releases, management policies, and more. The best place to go for trip planning needs is the Plan Your Visit section of the park website. 

Dive into Park History

  • Sketch of soldiers building a pontoon bridge.
    Battle of Fredericksburg

    In December 1862, the US Army attempted a push to Richmond in what would become a disaster for the Union war effort.

  • Historical photo of a large house with battle damage.
    Battle of Chancellorsville

    In the spring of 1863, Confederate forces repelled a Federal advance across the Rappahannock at a great cost.

  • A pencil sketch of soldiers cheering on a man on horseback.
    Battle of the Wilderness

    Federal forces marched south again in the spring of 1864, this time with General U.S. Grant in command.

  • A painting of United States Civil War soldiers charging over a trench.
    Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

    For General U.S. Grant, there would be no turning back. What follows is a period of unprecedented, prolonged fighting.

  • Black and white photograph of Black Americans crossing a low river with wagons and soldiers nearby.
    The Road to Freedom

    Explore how park history interconnects with Black American's long and winding struggle for freedom in the United States.

  • A large bound book.
    Park Documents

    The park had published a variety of documents that take an in-depth look at our history.

Last updated: February 7, 2023

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120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405


540 693-3200

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