"F'BURG CHATHAM" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

  Artist depiction of Chatham winter of 1863
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  • Artist depiction of Chatham winter of 1863 - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Artist depiction of Chatham winter of 1863
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  • Witness trees at Chatham - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Witness trees at Chatham
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  • Cannon faces Rebel positions from front of Chatham - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Cannon faces Rebel positions from front of Chatham
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  • Chatham during the War - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Chatham during the War
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  • Pontoon exhibt - used to bridge the river - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Pontoon exhibt - used to bridge the river
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This grand manor was built by William Fitzhugh between 1768 and 1771. It was the centerpiece of his large plantation holdings and was named for William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. The Fitzhughs - their granddaughter was to marry Robert Lee in subsequent years - moved away in 1796 and the house was in the family of Major Churchill Jones from 1806-1866. James Horace Lacy was the descendant - by marriage - who owned the home during the Civil War . The home had a great view out across the Rappahanock at Fredericksburg and was a little too grand for visiting Union generals to not use the home for either headquarter purposes (Maj. Gen. William Sumner used the house to command his Right Grand Division from - this was the main division involved in the attacks on Marye's Heights) or after plans gone awry, hospital purposes. Some 130 Union soldiers were buried here, though all but three were since moved to the National Cemetery in Fredericksburg.

It is the headquarters for the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Battlefield Historic Park today. Several of the rooms are open for tour and show something of the history of the former owners of the home. The gardens invite the visitor to take their time and wander about, as well. On the river side of the Mansion, you can wander down for a view out over Fredericksburg's church spires. the trees have grown up quite a bit in the last 140+ years.

Website: http://www.nps.gov/frsp/chatham.htm

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  • Updated Feb 14, 2015
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