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Spotsylvania Battlefield celebrates 150th anniversary

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The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Park services announce the commemoration events for Spotsylvania’s 150th anniversary of the Civil War battles. These events are open to the public. Some are free and others have a fee.

According to the Free Lance Star, the following events will take place. On Saturday, May 3 starting at 10:00 am is the Opening Ceremony at the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield. The Military Park is proud to host the ceremony for the1864 Overland Campaign. The ceremony will occur at the Bloody Angle. Civil War historian James Robertson will be the keynote speaker.

On Sunday, May 4, at 8 am will be “To the Rapidan: March to Battle.” This tour will follow the footsteps of the Army of the Potomac as it made its fateful march from its winter encampment in Culpeper County across the Rapidan, into the Wilderness. The cost is $25 per person and departs from the Gordon Road commuter lot on Route 3 in Fredericksburg.

Also on Sunday, starting at 1:00 pm is “Grant and Lee at War: The Wilderness.” Follow the footsteps of these famous leaders in their first clash on this overview tour. The tour will explore some of the most significant sites on the Wilderness Battlefield. The cost is $25 per person and also departs from the Gordon Road commuter lot on Route 3 in Fredericksburg.

On Saturday, May 10, beginning at 1:00 pm will be “Spotsylvania’s Grueling Punishment.” Though fighting at Spotsylvania Court House climaxed at the infamous Bloody Angle, combat continued along these lines for an exhausting nine days to follow. The cost is $25 per person and departs from The Spotsylvania Courthouse Village, 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd. in Spotsylvania.

For more information on the Spotsylvania 150th, click the National park website here: http://www.nps.gov/frsp/sesquicentennial.htm

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