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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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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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169 reviews 169 reviews
44 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Another one of the many civil war battlefields that makes one wonder how so many brave men could have been led by so few stupid ones. Marvellous exhibition that really drives home the viciousness of this war in general and the fighting around Fredericksburg in particular. Part of the cicil war trail that is a real eye opener.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We live on the very edge of the Chancellorsville Battle site. The walking tours give vivid vistas of the battle and help anyone to understand the massive troop movements of the 1863 battle. When one visits the Chancellorsville Visitor Center, volunteers and park guides are more than willing to answer questions. They are a wealth of knowledge, and there was... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My husband is the civil war buff so it is hard for me to comment on battlefields. However, there was just something about this one. At the bloody angle, you could almost feel the horror that happened there 150 plus years ago. It was totally silent and that big open field and all of the earth works just sent chills... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The staff is very helpful and friendly. There is a lot of driving to see the battlefield sites but that is to be expected because you are touring a battlefield

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Fairfax, Virginia
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263 reviews 263 reviews
241 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Excellent work of preserving so much of this battlefield site, especially Marys Heights. The bravery it must have taken for the Union troops to try and attack up this hill in the face of such firepower; Wow!

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Stamford, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a must see for Civil War history buffs but also an important and interesting spot to visit for the casual history fan. Lots of helpful rangers and placards help bring the battles to life.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

These National Battlefields are a must see for Civil War buffs. The Wilderness National Battlefield is also nearby. All three Battlefields have driving tours that go by the major points of the battles. The Chancellorsville Battlefield has a new (2014) museum exhibit that is first class. You can easily drive through all three battlefields one after the other. Not far... More

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Vidor, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Very nice remodeled visitors center. You walk out right to the heights where the contentious battle took place. If you know the story of this battle, looking up that hill to the sunken road really puts the Federal challenge into perspective. There's a great movie in the visitors center if you don't know about the battle. Nice little walk around... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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154 reviews 154 reviews
63 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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