At Ease: You Played the "Favorites Game," Which Battlefield Won?
"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." Though these historic words were spoken at Gettysburg, they reflect meaning for the modern preservation movement and remind us why saving hallowed ground is so important. Here, in Central Virginia, during an 18-month span, 750,000 troops fought in the four major battles and left 110,000 fallen. The battlefields at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House are hallowed ground, and CVBT is proud to work with you—our preservation partners—to preserve the land, the memory, and meaning of the great struggle which happened here.
Last week, we asked the challenging question: "Which of the four Central Virginia battlefields is your favorite to visit?" You all voted, and here are the results:
Fredericksburg Battlefield polled the highest at 29.7%, closely followed by Chancellorsville and Spotsylvania, both at 24.3%. As for Wilderness...don't forget to give that battlefield some love, especially with the battle anniversary coming up next week!
CVBT's New Fredericksburg Battlefield Video
As soon as the survey closed, Sarah from the CVBT staff raced for the battlefield and visited three sites that Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has preserved to create a "virtual view" for this week's email and video. We hope it gives you a sense of walking at these sites and brightens up your spring day!
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust's mission is to preserve, protect, and educate about Civil War hallowed ground at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.