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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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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126 reviews 126 reviews
60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Made a brief stop here, not realizing that the visitor center for this battlefield is in Fredericksburg. So there isn't much to see, except for a couple of cannon, some markers, and some pretty scenery. Probably best for die-hard Civil War buffs. No crowds -- hardly anyone, in fact, which was kind of spooky, although we arrived late in the... More

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Our blood...both North and South was spilled on these sacred grounds. Very moving experience. Most of these young men were just babies at 16-17 years old. Brothers fighting brothers. Walking on these fields and seeing thickets of saplings and underbrush these young men tried to push thru on a daily basis brought you to your knees. The tour was self... More

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Whether you are into Civil War History or not it is well worth your time to visit the battle fields. You can take a driving tour with the help of a map which you can get at the visitors' center. The nice thing is you can stop as much or as little as you want according to your interest. I... More

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Portland, Oregon
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130 reviews 130 reviews
20 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This military park covers a lot of real estate, so it's difficult to see in just a few hours. It is worth the visit, however. Fredericksburg was the most interesting of the ones I visited. I had know clue about the Sunken Road and found it pretty shocking that such an event occurred. I am sure the scars from that... More

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Maeystown, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My father & I just recently visited Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Court House. We enjoyed the trip very much. The Park Rangers at the Visitor Center were very helpful in explaining how each battlefield was laid out & how to get from one battlefield to the next. Each Battlefield had its' own CD Audio Tour which you can purchase from the... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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318 reviews 318 reviews
163 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Today we visited the battlefields and visitors centers of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania. The visit to Spotsylvania starts with signage on the visitors shelter whereas the other two have visitors centers, museums and movies. Since I already reviewed Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville individually I'll post pics of Spotsylvania here. Each battlefield has a driving loop with sites to see annotated on... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Our visit to Fredericksburg Battle Ground evoked the foolishness of Northern General Burnside sending regiment after regiment into a terrible maelstrom of Confederate guns. It is a testament to the bravery of Union soldiers who pressed the attack. Standing at the Sunken Road and looking down I can not imagine the horror that Union Soldiers must have felt. I only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We spent most of the day visiting the sites associated with Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The visitor centres are excellent with films to help you understand what happened, friendly, well-informed staff and fascinating displays and artefacts. Most of it is free of charge but there is a very small charge ($2 for adults) to see the film at Chancellorsville. There are... More

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park includes the sites of the Battles of Fredericksburg (December 11-13, 1862), Chancellorsville (April 27-May 6, 1863), The Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864), and Spotsylvania Courthouse (May 8-21, 1864). It is large enough that you will either need an entire day to see it all or to select which battlegrounds you want to... More

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Levels, wv
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Heartbreaking to know that within a 20 mile radius of Fredericksburg 100,000 lost their lives fighting for our country! Something everyone should experience, with out know history, we are deemed to repeat.

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