Virginia's Tidewater Potomac War & Conflict

Although the immediate shore Virginia’s Lower Potomac has been largely spared the devastation of warfare U.S. wars, some of the fiercest fighting of the Civil War took place in and around Fredericksburg. There were battles in the city of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania Courthouse and an area known as The Wilderness. These battlefields are preserved as part of the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park.

The Northern Neck is the birthplace of one of history’s great military leaders, Robert E. Lee, and of George Washington, who lead American forces in the Revolutionary War before become the nation’s first president.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
c/o Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
142 W. Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


This phone will reach the main line for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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