Near Waverly Village in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Civil War wreaked havoc on Salem Church. Members returning in 1866 found bloodstained floors, bullet-scarred walls, and more than 100 bodies buried on the grounds. Undeterred, they refurbished the property and resumed worship services here. In time the church’s needs outgrew the building, and its members erected a new building next door. They donated the older structure to the National Park Service in 1961.
(Caption, main picture): Battle damage is still visible on the east wall, in front of you. A thunderbolt rather than a cannonball created the crack that appears in this 1884 image of Salem Church. This photo was taken about 200 feet to your right.
(Caption, upper right picture ): The Reverend Melzi Chancellor ministered to both Salem Church and Wilderness Baptist Church at the time of the war. His house, known
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
Location. 38° 17.322′ N, 77° 31.853′ W. Marker is near Waverly Village, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Old Salem Church Road near Plank Road (Virginia Route 3). Touch for map. 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. Old Salem Church (here, next to this marker); Refuge from Horror (within shouting distance of this marker); Churchyard to Battleground (within shouting distance of this marker); Sanctuaries in Spotsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); For All Anguish – For Some Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); From Church to Hospital Battle of Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waverly Village.
Regarding Salem Church. Salem Church was an important landmark during the Chancellorsville Campaign, May-June 1863, culminating in a battle fought on the site on 3-4 May. While much of the battlefield has been covered with modern development, several markers and monuments stand to tell the story. These are linked on the Related Markers section below.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of at Salem Church.
Also see . . .
1. Other Chancellorsville "Virtual Tour by Markers" Sets. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Second Fredericksburg Battlefield Driving Tour. National Park Service guide. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Salem Church Walking Trail. National Park Service Guide (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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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 2,010 times since then and 4 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.