On our trip south, we stopped yesterday at the Fredricksburg Battlefields. The visitor's center is right by the sunken road at the base of Marye's Heights. We went on a short guided tour where the ranger brought the park alive for us, explaining something about why this place became so important. Unfortunately, the open fields where the union soldiers fell is now covered with houses and buildings -- only a narrow space near the sunken road is still open. We only had enough time to visit one small part of the battlefield -- it extends over 6 or 7 miles. It would be fun to go back with bicycles and ride from one place to another -- you could make a nice day out of visiting Chancellorsville and the Wilderness as well. Maybe another year.
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