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Explore historic encampments in Spotsylvania and Staffordcounties set up after the Battle of Fredericksburg in winter1862, and visit sites associated with the Second Battle ofFredericksburg and Salem Church in May 1863, animportant phase of the Chancellorsville Campaign.
Begin with a stop inStafford County at the WhiteOak Museum, which housesan outstanding collection ofartifacts associated withUnion camp life. Continue toBelle Plain and AquiaLanding. Venture off thebeaten path to tour sites associatedwith the Confederatedefense line from December 1862 to May 1863. Lunch is atClaiborne’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg.
Most battlefields of the Second Battle of Fredericksburgand the Battle of Salem Church have been lost. During theafternoon, visit the few that remain, including Marye’sHeights, which figured prominently during the First Battleof Fredericksburg, and Salem Church, used as a hospital byboth sides. Civil War authority Ed Bearss leads the tour.
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. by bus from the southeast corner of the Air andSpace Museum, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., with a pickupstop at the Horner Road commuter lot bus shelter, I-95, Exit 158B,at about 8:25 a.m.
Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear for a considerableamount of walking.
Departs 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW
southeast corner of the Air & Space Museum
Fringe stop at I-95, Exit 158B Commuter Lot