- This site includes portions of four major Civil War battlefields: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, as well as the historic structures of Chatham Manor, Salem Church and the building in which Stonewall Jackson died. Fredericksburg National Cemetery is also included within the military park with 15,333 interments,12,746 of which are unidentified. Approximately 110,000 casualties occurred during the four major battles fought in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Virginia, making it the bloodiest ground on the North American continent. This park was established to commemorate the heroic deeds of the individuals engaged in these battles. The park encompasses almost 9,000 acres, making it the largest military park in the world.
Recreation - A good place to begin your journey through the park is the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. These orientation and information centers are open daily with exhibits, staff and programming information. Other information centers within the park include the Wilderness Exhibit Shelter and Spotsylvania Court House Exhibit Shelter, which are staffed during the summer and weekends in the Spring and Fall. The historic structures on the grounds are also open to the public. Check at the visitor centers for information on programming at these sites. Wayside exhibits and interpretive panels throughout the park provide information about the battles waged in the area.
Park roads wind through the now peaceful rural area, taking visitors from one wayside exhibit to the next. Numerous walking trails provide access to additional areas. Interpretive brochures for these
trails are available in the visitor centers.
Climate - Summers in northeastern Virginia are generally hot and humid, while winters are often cold with variable precipitation. Spring and fall are pleasant seasons to visit the region as temperatures are more moderate, although difficult to predict. Layers of clothing and good walking shoes are recommended.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park lies in northeastern Virginia, southwest of the community of Fredericksburg. It is easily accessed from Interstate 95 south of Washington, D.C.