Two Preservationists Bought 81 Acres In Spotsylvania County-Saving America’s Hollowed Ground-The family cemetery at Ellwood is where Stonewall Jackson’s amputated arm is buried.
This historical marker along Route 3 in Spotsylvania that tells about Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s arm being amputated nearby is on one of three parcels being bought by local preservationists. (Scott C. Boyd photo)
Two prominent local battlefield preservationists acquired an option to buy 81.69 acres in Spotsylvania for $595,793. The land they call Wilderness Fields is on both the Chancellorsville and Wilderness battlefields. “It says a lot about Spotsylvania,” Mitchell said, that the board of supervisors is willing to take the land off the tax rolls.He speculated that the board doesn’t want to repeat what happened to Salem Church, a key locale for the Battle of Chancellorsville. It is a single acre of preserved land in a sea of commercial development on Route 3. http://www.civilwarnews.com/archive/articles/2011/oct/spotsylvania-101102.htm