Fredericksburg, Virginia – A Pictorial History

Fredericksburg, Virginia is the most historic city in the United States. Tradition says that the first Christian shrine in America was erected at Fredericksburg in 1571. Captain John Smith visited the site in 1608. Fredericksburg was named in honor of Frederic, Prince of Wales and father of George III. It was first recognized as a town in 1671 and in 1727 it was founded as a city.  Thomas Jefferson and other patriots planned the American Revolution in Fredericksburg.  Fredericksburg was the boyhood home of George Washington and President James Monroe and John Paul Jones also lived here.

 Fredericksburg — Where 100,000 Fell

Fredeicksburg Where 100,100 Fell MarkerBecause of the immense amount fighting that occurred here, the Fredericksburg area has been called the vortex of the Civil War. Four major battles – Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House – resulting in approximately 100,000 casualties, took place within twenty miles of the town. The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military park administers these battlefields and three related sites: Chatham, Salem Church and the Stonewall Jackson Shrine.

A 100-mile trail following the movements of the Union and Confederate armies from Wilderness to Petersburg begins at Germanna Ford, 20 miles west of Fredericksburg on State Route 3. Interpreted Civil War sites in Stafford County include Aquia Landing and Potomac Creek Bridge. For more information about these sites inquire at the Fredericksburg City Visitor Center or at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center on Lafayette Boulevard.

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