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Woodford in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

 
 
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By Devry Jones, June 30, 2018
1. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Marker
Inscription. Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania—this is the bloodiest landscape in North America. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War's cost in all its forms. A city bombarded, bloodied, and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed—most now in graves unknown.

The fading scars of battle, the home places of bygone families, and the granite tributes to those who fought still mark these lands. These places reveal the trials of a community and nation at war—a virtuous tragedy that freed four million Americans and reunited a nation. To visit the battlefields, begin your tour at either the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.

[Caption from map:]
Drive five miles west on Rt. 606 to Interstate 95. From there, go north 12 miles to Exit 130. Brown road signs there will direct you to the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville battlefield visitor centers.

Wilderness Battlefield
For two days Union and Confederate soldiers grappled with one another in the woods 15 miles west of Fredericksburg. James Horace Lacy's house, "Ellwood," was headquarters during the battle.

Chancellorsville Battlefield
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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, June 30, 2018
2. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Marker
E. Lee forged victory against great odds hear but suffered the irreparable loss of his brilliant subordinate "Stonewall" Jackson.

Spotsylvania Battlefield
Two weeks of gruesome combat culmination in hand-to-hand fighting at this turn in the Confederate line, known as the Bloody Angle.

Chatham
This colonial plantation is the only private home in America to have played host to both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, it served as a Union headquarters and hospital.

Fredericksburg Battlefield
Protected by a stone wall, Confederate defenders turned back wave after wave of brave but futile Union assaults at the Sunken Road.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 8.893′ N, 77° 26.399′ W. Marker is in Woodford, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is on Artillery Drive north of Stonewall Jackson Road (Virginia Route 606), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8315 Artillery Drive, Woodford VA 22580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guinea Station (a few steps from this marker); War Comes to Fairfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairfield Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); A Staggering Blow (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonewall Jackson Died (within shouting distance of this marker); Plantations on Guinea Station Road (approx. 4.1 miles away); Stanard’s Mill (approx. 4½ miles away); Mud Tavern (approx. 4.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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