Waverly Village in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Sanctuaries in Spotsylvania
Like most of Spotsylvaniaís churches, Salem consisted of fewer than 100 members drawn from surrounding farms. Some, including Salem, permitted membership by free blacks or attendance by slaves (thought often through separate entrances). During the Civil War, churches became famous as headquarters, hospitals, or places of refuge. Many suffered vandalism, battle damage, or theft. But all survived the war, and most of the congregations continue to thrive today.
(Modern day pictures of Civil War era churches include): Wilderness Baptist Church, Berea Christian Church, Zion Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, and Massaponax Baptist Church.
(Picture caption, lower left): In the early 1800s growing population and differences over religious doctrine and the use of alcohol spawned new congregations in Spotsylvania. Today wartime structures remain at Massaponax, Salem, Christ,
(Picture caption, lower right): Massaponax Church served briefly as Union Gen. Ulysses Grantís headquarters in May 1864. Soldiers left graffiti on the walls at both Massaponax and Salem (left).
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service.
Location. 38° 17.298′ N, 77° 31.853′ W. Marker is in Waverly Village, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Old Salem Church Road near Plank Road (Virginia Route 3). Touch for map. This marker is colocated with two other markers near the parking lot for the Old Salem Church (Civil War Battlefield) Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4044 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Churchyard to Battleground (here, next to this marker); For All Anguish – For Some Freedom (here, next to this marker); Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Refuge from Horror (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Salem Church From Church to Hospital (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Salem Church (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waverly Village.
Regarding Sanctuaries in Spotsylvania. This is one of five stops at Salem Church related to the Battle of Chancellorsville. See the Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers. The Salem Church site, surrounded by modern development, was an important site in the later stages of the Battle and Campaign of Chancellorsville. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Salem Church Walking Trail. National Park Service Trail guide. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,034 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.