Stafford Civil War Sites, Virginia
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    The blockhouse foundation in Fortification 3Exterior view of the wall of Fortification 2The landing pit at the quarry located at the Stafford Civil War Sites (Photo Credit: Dovetail Cultural Resource Group)Dovetail archaeologists excavating a corduroy road at the site (Photo Credit: Dovetail Cultural Resource Group)
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    Stafford Civil War Sites, Virginia

    The non-profit organization Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites (FSCWS) partnered with Stafford County to create a public park that preserves and promotes a number of Civil War army encampments near Stafford, Virginia. These sites have often been referred to as the Valley Forge of the Civil War and housed or protected over 130,000 Union soldiers during the 1862-1863 winter, many of whom went on to fight at important battles such as Gettysburg and Chancellorsville. The FSCWS is working to protect these rare sites from increased development that is beginning to encroach on local heritage areas by creating a visitor-friendly park with interpretive signage and will hopefully be opened during the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War.

The blockhouse foundation in Fortification 3 Exterior view of the wall of Fortification 2 The landing pit at the quarry located at the Stafford Civil War Sites (Photo Credit: Dovetail Cultural Resource Group) Dovetail archaeologists excavating a corduroy road at the site (Photo Credit: Dovetail Cultural Resource Group) Members of the 276 Engineer Battalion who helped with construction at the Stafford Civil War Park Bridge abutment remains on the south side of Accokeek Creek Union fortification near Atlanta, Georgia similar to the fortifications found at the Stafford sites (Photo Credit: National Archives)

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