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Union and Confederate forces gathered around the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia for almost a month before the actual engagement took place, but on December 12, 1862 the Union forces crossed the Potomac River into the City and into history. One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, it, like Gettysburg, spread out over the surrounding farmlands and rustic homesteads. In the end, there were 17,000 casualties of which most were Union soldiers.

"Six times did the enemy, notwithstanding the havoc caused by our batteries, press on with great determination to within 100 yards of the foot of the hill, but here encountering the deadly fire of our infantry, his columns were broken and fled in confusion to the town. ...the last [assault] occurred shortly before dark. This effort met the fate of those that preceded it, and, when night closed in, the shattered masses of the enemy had disappeared in the town, leaving the field covered with dead and wounded." -- General Robert E. Lee, CSA

Library of Congress , Fredericksburg sunken road.

Our killed amounted to 1,152; our wounded, about 9,000; our prisoners, about 700, which have been paroled and exchanged for about the same number taken by us. The wounded were all removed to this side of the river before the evacuation, and are being well cared for, and the dead were all buried under a flag of truce."

-- Major General Ambrose E. Burnside
Official Report
December 17, 1862

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and elsewhere in Spotsylvania County, commemorating four major battles in the American Civil War.


Fredericksburg Battlefield Cemetery ghost image from Tara Glenn

The memories of the battle and the months and days of apprehension that led up to it have left their mark and visitors of modern times have reported many strange encounters and paranormal events.

The park was established as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The park includes 8374 acres (33.89 km²), of which 7369 acres (30 km²) are owned by the Federal government.

The military park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields: Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of the Wilderness, and Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. It also preserves four historic buildings associated with them: Chatham Manor, Salem Church, Ellword, and the house where Stonewall Jackson died. The ruins of the Chancellor family mansion are included. There are two visitor centers staffed by Park Service rangers, one in Fredericksburg near the foot of Marye's Heights, and another at the Chancellorsville site. Exhibit shelters are staffed on a seasonal basis at Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.

The park was established as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park on February 14, 1927, and transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The park includes 8374 acres (33.89 km²), of which 7369 acres (30 km²) are owned by the Federal government.

 

Fredericksburg National Cemetery, adjoins the park and comprises 12 acres (49,000 m²). Civil War interments occurred in 1867. The cemetery was transferred from the War Department on August 10, 1933. Three sets of verses from Theodore O'Hara's poem Bivouac Of The Dead grace the grounds of the cemetery:

The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last Tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
No vision of the morrow's strife
The warrior's dream alarms;
No braying horn, nor screaming fife,
At dawn shall call to arms.
Rest on, embalmed and sainted dead,
Dear as the blood ye gave,
No impious footstep here shall tread
The herbage of your grave.

Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg Virginia.
Fredericksburg Battlefield, Virginia Ghost photo sent to us by Jan Clarkson..

Ghost of the Battlefield

Reports continue to come in of paranormal occurrences including the sound of ghostly rifle shots and voices giving commands to unseen ghostly troops. Many have heard ghost whispers in the cemetery and seen the wandering figure of a band of soldiers walking among the headstones.


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The Battlefield Visitor Center is located along the historic Sunken Road portion of the battlefield. Two walking trails will allow you to walk over the same ground that was so hotly contested on December 13, 1862. Clicking on either walking tour link will provide you with an online walking tour "brochure". You may just want to look at it online, or if you are contemplating a visit to the park, print it off as a ready resource.

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