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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania - more than 100,000 casualties. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War’s tragic... more »
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you only have time to visit one site, go on the walking guided tour of the bloody angle, although note the details are graphic and might be upsetting to young kids or those who are sensitive to suffering and brutality, as the name of the site clearly hints. What I did not expect is the peaceful and beautiful landscape... More

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Metairie, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There were plenty of rangers around to answer questions and help us out. The video was great too. The exhibits were under construction but they look like they will be a nice addition when complete.

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Atlanta, GA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Good visitor center, Gift Shop, and exhibits. Well marked walking and driving exhibits. A good short movie.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

we had been to this military park previously and enjoyed the return visit. the staff were wonderful and terrifically helpful, highly recommend to anyone

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Hillsboro, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Seeing first hand the battlefields and hearing what it was like during this time was very educational. Everyone is taught about our history but being able to walk where the battles happened, is an emotional experience. The guides were wonderful-very knowledgable.

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Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Very well done by the NPS. Great spot for a leisurely day walking, learning and enjoying the history. Be sure to drive out Lee's Road.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Frederickburg is more for the real civil war buff, as it is a small site without any grand views. The main attraction is the all behind which confederate forces withstood a Union assault. Spotsylvania is much more extensive, offering a driving tour with stops for short walks that really captures the import of that battle. A must see stop on... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Excellent museum and staff. This is a must for anybody interested in American History. The video maps were very impressive and informative. The exhibits have been updated recently and they make you feel a part of history. The trails were very nice. We learned a great deal and we hope to return.

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Bangor
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We visited 2 of the 5 locations, Chatham Manor and the Main site ( Sunken Road etc). Excellent history, good interpretation by our guide ( it was slow, we got a private tour!), and the grounds are well maintained. The museum is being renovated though and none of the exhibits are open, but it looks like it will be nice... More

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Damascus, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We are not true civil war enthusiasts, but we tend to stop at many of the sites. We specifically stopped in an attempt to see Stonewall Jackson's arm memorial and travel the ambulance route to where he passed. We had difficulty locating the exact location of the memorial, and were accused to go to the wilderness battlefield.specifically the Ellwood Farm.... More

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