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Gods and Generals - Civil War Battlefields in Virginia

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A travel journal to Virginia by nilgun

Battle of Chancellorsville Military Park Photo, Spotsylvania, Virginia More Photos
Quote: In Virginia's Civil War battlefields, many took their last breath.

Gods and Generals - Civil War Battlefields in Virginia

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The movie Gods and Generals dealt with various battles that took place in Virginia before the deciding battle "Gettysburg". It is hard to travel in Virginia without running into a civil war site or a battlefield. In this journal you can read about some of those battlefields: Manassas, Wilderness, and Brandy Station. When the movie, Gods and Generals, was filmed it was discovered that the battlefields in which many died were losing to development. Due to the efforts of several foundations preservation funds are established so the next generations can visit and learn from one of the bloodiest period in the US history. It was a learning experience for me as I did not know anything about the C...Read More

Manassas National Battlefield

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In Manassas Battlefield General Jackson of the Confederate Army earned the name "Stonewall" during First Bull''s Run Battle. "There is Jackson, standing like a stone wall." --General Barnard Bee Our visit started at the Henry Hill Visitors Center, which hosts an extensive exhibition center. We first looked at various artifacts from the war, such as muskets, pictures, letters, and surgery sets. Later, with the aid of an electronic system that demonstrated the movement of the Northern and Southern armies, we got a general idea of the First Bull''s Run. The well-organized exhibition center helped me get a grasp on what the war was abo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2003

Manassas National Battlefield
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, Virginia

Battle of Chancellorsville Military Park

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Attraction | "Chancellorsville Battlefield"

Battle of Chancellorsville Military Park Photo, Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Chancellorsville Battlefield is the place where Stonewall Jackson was fatally wounded by his own man while scouting the battlefield. Behind the visitors' center, there is a monument in his honor, as well as a boulder placed after his death to show the spot where he got his fatal wound. Most of the civil war battlefields were named after the town nearby; however, this is not true for Chancellorsville. It is named after an inn built by a farmer, which was the headquarters of General Hooker of the Union army. There were four battles fought around Fredericksburg, but the largest battle ever fought in Virginia was the battle fought on May 3, 1863 in C...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2003

Battle of Chancellorsville Military Park
9001 Plank Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia
(540) 786-2880

Brandy Station Battlefield Photo, Virginia, United States
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"The country here looks very green and pretty notwithstanding the ravages of war. What a beautiful world God in His loving kindness to His creatures has given us. What a shame that men endowed with reason and a knowledge of right should mar His gifts." --Robert E. Lee at review of the cavalry at Brandy Station To commemorate the 140th anniversary of Battle of Brandy Station the Brandy Station Foundation organized weekend events. We couldn't decide whether to attend the events, as it had rained all day Saturday, and the grounds were still muddy. We decided to skip the morning activities hat...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 8, 2003

Wilderness Battlefield - Ellwood Manor

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Ellwood manor Photo, Virginia, United States
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Ellwood, which was known then as "the Lacy House" is situated in the middle of the Wilderness Battlefield. Therefore, it witnessed the battles and played different roles in it. First, it was used as a Confederate hospital during 1863, later, it served as the headquarters of the Union General Warren. However, when we visited Ellwood on Memorial Weekend, (the friends of the Wilderness Battlefield opened it for this special occasion) and the focus was on Stonewall Jackson because Stonewall Jackson's amputated left arm is buried in the family cemetery in Ellwood. When we arrived a union surgeon was explaining the wounding and the death of Stonewall Jackson...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 25, 2003

Civil War Museum

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Attraction | "Gordonsville Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum"

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We visited the Exchange Hotel and Civil War during 11th Annual Living History Weekend. The entrance fee was $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children 6 and over. It was a waste of money for us, because we arrived around 2pm and the event was over by 4pm. Most of that two hours we wasted listening to the featured speaker, Bob Harrison, who lectured on "Confederates of Color." Being a foreigner I don't favor one side over the other and attend the civil was events to increase my knowledge on the history of US during Civil War. However, the lecture given by Bob Harrison not only did not add much to my knowledge, but further infuriated me. He did no...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 16, 2004

Civil War Museum
400 South Main Street
Gordonsville, Virginia
(540) 832-2944