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Richmond, Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck Sights

Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park

  • 1013 Lafayette Blvd. Map It
  • Historic District
  • Military Site

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The 9,000-acre park actually includes four battlefields and four historic buildings. At the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville visitor centers you can learn about the area's role in the Civil War by watching a 22-minute film ($2) and viewing displays of soldiers' art and battlefield relics. In season, park rangers lead walking tours. The centers offer recorded tours ($4.95 rental, $7.50 purchase) and maps that show how to reach the battlefields, Chancellorsville (where General Stonewall Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own troops), and Spotsylvania Court House battlefields—all within 15 mi of Fredericksburg.

Just outside the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center is Sunken Road, where on December 13, 1862, the Confederates achieved a resounding victory over Union forces attacking across the Rappahannock (there were 18,000 casualties on both sides). Much of the stone wall that protected Lee's infantrymen is now a re-creation, but 100 yards from the visitor center part of

the original wall overlooks the statue The Angel of Marye's Heights, by Felix de Weldon (sculptor of the famous Marine Corps War Memorial statue in Arlington). This memorial honors Sergeant Richard Kirkland, a South Carolinian who risked his life to bring water to wounded foes; he later died at the Battle of Chickamauga.

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Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd., at Sunken Rd., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Visitor centers daily 9–5 with extended hrs in summer; walking tours on a seasonal basis dawn–dusk


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