Explore Spotsylvania Civil War Sites and Battlefields
Known as the "Crossroads of the Civil War", Spotsylvania is rich in historical resources. Probably best known for the battles fought on its soil, the County's strategic location between the Confederate and Union armies resulted in several major battles fought here, including Spotsylvania Court House -- one of the bloodiest of the whole war -- as well as Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Fredericksburg. There were more than 100,000 casualties from both sides in Spotsylvania.
The County welcomes visitors to the National Military Park, which memorializes various engagements of the Civil War. These places reveal the trials of a community and a nation at war. Walking tours, guided by park historians, are available seasonally in certain locations, as are maps, brochures and assistance from park historians. In the Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District, scenic attractions include the Historic Courthouse, Old Jail, Spotsylvania Museum and more.
For a driving tour that includes the homes and birthplaces of 9 U.S. Presidents (including Jefferson, Madison and Monroe), there is the Journey Through Hollowed Ground, which winds from Gettysburg to Monticello and includes sites in Spotsylvania. In these regions, world leaders have often found respite and inspiration in the creation of some of the most important doctrines of our time: The Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, The Monroe Doctrine, The Emancipation Proclamation, The Gettysburg Address and the Marshall Plan. Civil War Trails is another option for driving tours of various regions, with stops in Spotsylvania County.
No place more vividly reflects the Civil War's tragic cost, in all its forms. Retrace history and discover which of these Spotsylvania Civil War sites and historic attractions will be on your must-see list.
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