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May 1-4 2014: Spotsylvania to Commemorate Battles of Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House

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As the Nation continues its Commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Spotsylvania County, the “Crossroads of the Civil War,” invites you to step back in time next May for the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, scheduled for May 1-4, 2014.

It is not too early to plan a springtime visit to historic Spotsylvania County, centrally located just 45 miles from Washington, DC and 50 miles from Richmond, VA. Spotsylvania County boasts more than 6,000 acres of battlefields maintained by the National Park Service, and both the Civil War Trust and Central Virginia Battlefields Trust organizations.

A national tourism destination, Spotsylvania presents varied choices of activities, so plan to extend your stay. The County offers multiple noteworthy historic sites, as well as beautiful Lake Anna, a water-oriented state park with beachfront, trails, shelters, camping and overnight cabins, where you can enjoy many recreational opportunities and environmental education.

Visit the Commemoration’s comprehensive website for thorough information or to register early at:

The 150th Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 1-4 will include full-scale reenactments with thousands of reenactors, the 23rd U.S. Colored Troops, Spotsylvania Museum programs, a special program at the Confederate Cemetery in the Spotsylvania Courthouse area, local exhibits at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre, living history, music of the period, vendors and sutlers, an unforgettable “Evening with the Generals” dinner, National Park Service tours, a camp dance, children’s activities, up-close visits to soldiers’ campsites (meet the soldiers), and much more!

Register early and reserve the dates of May 1-4, 2014 now for this 150th Anniversary event in the heart of history, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

– Kathy Smith, Public Information Officer, Spotsylvania County

(h/t to Alan Zirkle)

PHOTO: Union re-enactors wait for the 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Chancellorsville to begin at Spotsylvania Courthouse Village on May 4, 2013. (SUZANNE CARR ROSSI / THE FREE LANCE STAR)


  • William Connery

    I covered the Chancellorsville events this past May for the Civil War Courier. I recommend this May 2014 event as one of the premier sesquicentennial events for 2014!