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Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania--this is America's battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded 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 in graves unknown.
With four major battlefields and five historic structures to preserve and share with the public, our park is the second-largest military park in the world. As such, it takes about two full days to visit the entire park. However, if your time is short, you can still experience significant parts of the park.
We recommend that you begin your visit at one of our park's two visitor centers--either the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. You can pick up a park map and other brochures, and the staff can advise you about park programs, walking trails, and touring opportunities. Each visitor center also offers an orientation film and exhibits about the respective battles. Entrance to the park is free, and the only charge is for our orientation films.