First Day at Chancellorsville

+Spotsylvania County Museum Fighting at Chancellorsville opened on the morning of May 1, 1863, along the Orange Turnpike and the Orange Plank Road. “The Battle of Chancellorsville started here – amid the homes of families living along the Orange Turnpike. On the morning of May 1, Ann Lewis ,…, found Union cavalrymen lounging in her yard.Continue reading “First Day at Chancellorsville”

Stafford Civil War Park

This 41-acre park tells the story of the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment in 1863. More than 135,000 soldiers occupied Stafford County while their new commander, General Joseph Hooker rebuilt his army.  This critical time has been referred to in soldier’s letters as “The Union Army’s Valley Forge.”  The Stafford Civil War Park preserves 3 earthen artillery fortifications, manyContinue reading “Stafford Civil War Park”

Canal Path — Fredericksburg

The Canal Path is a paved pathway that is 1.8 miles long and winds along the canal from Fall Hill Avenue to Princess Anne Street.   The path follows the old towpath along the disused canal. The Canal Path is mostly shaded, making it a great way to escape the heat.  There are benches alongContinue reading “Canal Path — Fredericksburg”