"The Spotsylvania Campaign Battlefield" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park by zanzooni

Looking down the Battlefield

Do check out my travelogues that go with this page as well as my Thornburg page so you can see the out building where Stonewall Jackson bit the bullet and as well as a nice artistic rendition of the plantation as it used to be.

Being a Damn Yankee, I am not a Civil War buff, at least not from the Confederate Viewpoint. Nothing gives me greater joy than to cruise through this area with my sunroof wide open, and R.Kelly or Beyonce cranked. I put this page together for my VT friends who are interested in this travesty.

Do you know what the difference is between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee?? A Yankee is one who comes to visit and a Damn Yankee is one that comes and stays.

As I live in an area that has seen more than it's fair share of the war here, I would be remiss not to include it as part of my site.

The war was fought from May 8-24, 1864. It is called the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield and has been designated in the annuals of history as the bloodiest of all battles with the most causualties. "Spotsi", as it is known here, is a very small town with only one stop light. It is made up mainly of homes that dwell in the countryside. The Court House sits almost on top of that light. When I first moved here, I could feel and see the old soldiers hanging around wondering,"What the hell happened?" This battle was considered a "campaign". According to "Merriam-Webster" it means a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of war. This one is also known as "Grant's Overland Campaign."(May-June 1864) There have been other names for it, and I will leave websites that you can visit that really give a complete history of who, what, where and when.

The principal commanders : Lt.Gen.Ulysees S. Grant and Maj. General George S. Mead(US);Gen. Robert E.Lee(CS) Forces Engaged: 162,920 total (US 101,895; CS 61,025) Estimated Casualties: 29,800 total (US 18,400; CS 11,400)

Spotsylvania County graphically reflects the Civil War’s tragic cost, in all its forms. A County under seige. Bloodied, looted. Farms large and small ruined. Displaced homeless patriots for oneside or the other transplanted against their freewill to the countryside by the thousands. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed—most now in graves with unknown identities other than the state that the men were from. The scars of battle, the homeplace of bygone families as well as members of families that still live in Spotsylvania County, and the granite reminders of those who fought still inhabit these lands. These battlefields still reveal the trials of a community and nation at war—a roiling convulsion, a justifiable tragedy that freed four million Americans and to some degree reunited a nation for most, and for others the battles are still in existence, if only in their minds. Four Battles were fought in this area,mainly due to it's close proximity to Richmond and DC. Some title the battles as a group as the "Wilderness Campaign"

Here are the sites you can visit:

http://www.nps.gov/frsp: This is the site for the National Park Service which has jurisdiction over all of the Battlefields. Great site and lists in detail those that fought in the battles as well as detailed information on the battles under "In Depth"

www.fredricksburgvirginia.net
www.spotsylvaniatourism.com

www.nps.gov/frsp/wshist.htm- This site actually has the transcripts of the battlefield diaries of Lee and Grant

www.civilwarhome.com/spotsylvaniacourthouse.htm
This site has 1st person accounts of the battle.

First monument to your right...

I decided to take Hailley with me on this outing. She was not being her usual cooperative photogenic self...she was mad that there were no horses to be found and could not understand WHY I could not bring one to her. The Battlefield is just one great big expanse of land, where a monumental battle took place. There are a few placed monuments that were put there by different states, and the one she is on was dedicated to and from NJ. She picked up a flag, and said, "Look Nonni...here's a flag" didn't even know she knew what one was...hmmm...

Dead Center..

This monument sits out in the middle of the battlefield. If you look south from where Hailley is sitting, you will see where most of the action took place. You can feel the the left over energy here....amazing. You can see dead center, via the first pic, where those trees are. If you look at where those clump of trees are, this monument is about 180 degrees north. (This is not true North or South, just a reference point)

  • Last visit to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2007
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Thanks for the good tip! We have to preserve these pieces of history for the next generations.

  • Dester's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    It was a sad period for this country, but one we have to revisit just to remind us of who we all are, where we came from and and the mistakes we can't afford to make again.

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