Fallen Union soldiers from the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House were eventually laid to rest in Fredericksburg National Cemetery. But what happened to the Confederate graves? Many of the Confederate dead were disinterred and reburied in the Confederate Cemeteries at Fredericksburg and at Spotsylvania Court House.
Spotsylvania Court House in—you guessed it!—Spotsylvania County, Virginia, had its own Memorial Association which was instrumental in establishing the Confederate Cemetery and removing those fallen soldiers from their shallow graves in the fields and woods. Reinternments at the Spotsylvania cemetery started in 1867, and 600 soldiers were moved here in the first search for battlefield graves. The five-acre cemetery now contains 741 marked graves, 534 of which are identified; the burials were organized and graves marked by state. The memorial monument at the center of the cemetery was dedicated in 1918.
There are several historic interpretive panels in the cemetery, with information about some of the identified soldiers buried there, the Spotsylvania Memorial Association, and the creation of the cemetery. It’s worth a stop if you’re exploring the battlefields in the area and piecing together what happened after the fighting ended.
If you’re interested in visiting the historic cemetery, it is located off Courthouse Road, with the entrance between the 7-11 Gas Station and the community fire station. If you’ve parked in the historic courthouse area, there are new, paved sidewalks that pass the location and it’s easy walking distance from the historic courthouse. (The address for GPS is 7104 Aldrich Ct, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22553).
During one of the recent winter storms, I made a visit to the historic village and walked out to the Confederate Cemetery. I hope you enjoy the snow photos. It was a very quiet afternoon, more hushed than usual at this final resting place of Civil War soldiers…