Wilderness National Military Park

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Wilderness National Military Park

Wilderness National Military Park
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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME937 contributions
Set aside a whole day
Aug 2021 • Couples
The battlefield is vast! Stop at the Chancellorsville visitor center to pick up your road map. Lots to see, lots of walking. To see everything along to driving tour will take most of the day.
Written August 12, 2021
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
The Beginning of the End
May 2021
The Battle of the Wilderness was the first battle of Grant’s Overland Campaign following Gettysburg. The battle occurred outside of Fredericksburg in an area that was known as the Wilderness due to the area’s remote, lightly populated, tangle of second and third growth forest and deadfall that actually caught fire during the battle. Although the battle was essentially a draw, unlike prior Union Generals, Grant nevertheless pressed forward towards Richmond, rather than withdrawing, to the cheers of his troops as many recognized that, with persistence, the overwhelming numbers of men and material of the Union would eventually prevail.

While there is no visitor center at this site, there is a worthwhile Exhibit Shelter located at Stop 2 of the self-guided driving tour where one can pick-up a park brochure with map. The park brochure can also be obtained at the nearby Chancellorsville Visitor Center or at Frederiksberg Battlefield Visitor Center in Frederiksberg.

We enjoyed the self-guided driving tour with good interpretation provided at each of the eight stops in conjunction with the park brochure. At Stop 2 and Stop 8, we stretched or legs with a couple of short hikes through the Wilderness, imagining the difficulty of maneuvering men and cannon in such terrain which today is much less dense than at the time of the battle, and the horror of the woods catching fire, especially for the wounded unable to escape the flames.

While not part of the driving tour, Ellwood Manor, a period plantation home, is also located on the Wilderness Battlefield and is worth a visit. The family cemetery on the grounds is the burial site of Stonewall Jackson’s amputated arm.
Written June 27, 2021
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Jack D
Burke, VA6 contributions
Hallowed Ground
Sep 2019
A beautiful area which witnesses one of the Civil War’s most horrific battles. Walk up the hill and the remains of the Confederate trenches can still be seen. If no one is there, wait for a Park Guide to arrive (they come out from Chancellorsville twice a day).
Written December 10, 2019
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2,183 contributions
Expected More....given significance
Oct 2019 • Couples
Exhibit shelter kiosks are very good. We missed the guided tour but had seen many other trenches/ breastworks at other local battlefield sites.

The battlefield tour didn't add to understanding of battle except for Saunders Field. Not a must-do.

Additional information can be found at Chancellorsville battlefield visitors center.
Written October 14, 2019
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Ian B
Silver Spring, MD201 contributions
Learn about the start of Grant's Overland Campaign
May 2019 • Family
Learn about the "Beginning of the End" of the Civil War at the site of the first clash of Grant's Overland campaign in 1864 on the way to Appomattox in 1865. Walking trails take you up to the remains of Confederate trenches where a bloody assault by New York Union Zoave unit took place. If you have time, be sure to stop by the 'Spotsylvania Courthouse', 'Fredericksburg' and 'Chancellorsville' battlefields nearby as the Fredericksburg area, as a whole, is the most bloodied ground in North America.
Written June 5, 2019
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Karen Louise
Spotsylvania, VA127 contributions
Beautiful in all Seasons
Apr 2019 • Solo
I'm blessed to live nearby. I spend as much time in the park as possible. It's peaceful, Beautiful and breathtaking.
Written April 13, 2019
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Richard F
Louisville, KY7,502 contributions
Short Informative Walking Trail
Aug 2018 • Couples
You can reach this area by taking a short walking trail. There are informational plaques along the way to explain what took place here. One of four major battles that took place in the Fredericksburg Battle area, The Battle of the Wilderness, fought May 5–7, 1864, was the first battle of General Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, in total around 5,000 men were killed. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive.
Written March 13, 2019
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dj m
Locust Grove, VA17 contributions
Great informative walking trails
Nov 2018 • Solo
Approximately 2 miles of walking trails with placards explaining the Wilderness Battle. Trails are in good condition and placards are well worth stopping to read. Suggest traveling to left up the path from the exhibit center.
Written December 30, 2018
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heikkih722
Helsinki, Finland1,292 contributions
Some cannons
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Wilderness National Military Park one of the civil war battlefields. You will see forests and some cannons.
Written December 4, 2018
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823greggs
Denver, NC22 contributions
Overland Campaign Begins
Jul 2018 • Friends
This is the first clash between Generals Grant and Lee after Grant is named general of all Union armies. Grant will bring a new style of fighting to the Union army; one that does not retreat after major battles. His object is to fight a war of attrition with Lee and grind the South down on multiple fronts. The eastern front begins at the Wilderness as the first battle of the Overland Campaign in May 1864 and continues through Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor and then to Petersburg. The battlefield today isn't much like 1864 when it truly was a second growth wilderness but the trenches which because the trademark of the fighting in the later part of the war are visible throughout the battle field.

There is a shelter staffed during the summer months by a Park Ranger or volunteer who did an excellent job providing an overview of the battle and of the trenches on a short walking tour. There is a driving tour.

Ellwood plantation house is on the battlefield and is a circa 1800 house that severed as Union General Warren's headquarters. The house has been restored and portraits what it would have looked like in 1864. The house is open seasonally. The family cemetery has marker for the burial site of General Stonewall Jackson's amputated left arm.
Written July 30, 2018
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