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Ghosts of Spotsylvania

Anthony Wheeler, Writer

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The roots of Spotsylvania go back to 1721. Spotsylvania was named after Alexander Spotswood, lieutenant governor of the colony from 1710 to 1720. The city of Fredericksburg was formed from the county in 1728. A few of Spotsylvania’s historical places are the Rappahannock River, where a skirmish between the American Indians and a group of colonists led by Captain John Smith; the first successful ironworks to work commercially in North America; a slave revolt in the 1810’s; and one of the most productive gold mines.

Spotsylvania best known for the civil war. Many battles were held here due to its strategic location. Many of the major battles were fought here such as the Battle of Chancellorsville,  Battle of Wilderness, Battle of Fredericksburg, and one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, where more than 100,000 people died on both sides. Hopefully, we can learn from the past and prevent such things from occurring in the future.

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