U.Va. Graduate Guide

Civil War Sites


A National Historical Park that recreates the small village where Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Grant "after four years of arduous service." The park and building, including the McLean House where the two generals met, are open daily to the public. Fee.

Getting there: Rt. 20 South to U.S. 60 West to Rt. 24 and follow signs (50 miles)

Appomattox | (804) 352-8782

Chancellorsville Battlefield

The battle of Chancellorsville, although among the most important engagements of the Civil War, is perhaps best remembered as the place where General "Stonewall" Jackson was fatally wounded by the accidental fire of his own men.

Getting there: Rt. 20 North to Rt. 3 East (near Fredericksburg, 65 miles)

Chancellorsville Battlefield | (540) 786-2880

Fort Monroe

The Civil War fort where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was held after the war. The fort and a museum inside are open to the public on the peninsula between Hampton and Norfolk. Free.

Getting there: I-64 East to peninsula and follow signs to Exit 268 (165 miles)

Fort Monroe | (757) 727-3391

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Two great battles of the Civil War were fought here. The Visitors Center has a museum and slide program. Fee.

Getting there: Rt. 29 North to Rt. 234 (70 miles)

Manassas National Battlefield Park | (703) 361-1339

New Market Battlefield State Historical Park

Here, in one of the most unusual Civil War battles, cadets from the Virginia Military Institute were ordered into battle against the Union Army. Each year in May, the Battle of New Market is reenacted. Fee.

Getting there: I-64 West to I-81 North to Rt. 305 and follow signs (80 miles)

New Market Battlefield State Historical Park | (540) 740-3102

Petersburg National Battlefield Park

Commemorates the battlefields where 10 months of trench warfare led to the fall of Richmond in the Civil War. The park covers over a thousand acres, so make your first stop the Visitors Center and follow the self-guided auto tour. Fee.

Getting there: I-64 East to I-95 South, Exit 9B to Rt. 36 West and follow signs (95 miles)

Petersburg National Battlefield Park | (804) 732-3531