Tour some of the “best-preserved earthworks in private hands”

One of the best advantages to staying at Stevenson Ridge for Civil War buffs is that they can get a chance to see a part of the Spotsylvania battlefield that not many people get to see.

The Union Ninth Corps occupied the ground that is now Stevenson Ridge during the first week of the battle, and the Union Fifth Corps occupied it during the battle’s second week. Additionally, the Union Sixth Corps moved across part of the property. That’s ¾ …


SR Welcomes the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable

cleveland-cwrtfrom Chris

Stevenson Ridge recently played host to visitors from the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. About 30 “Civil Warriors” made the trip, which focused on the 1864 Overland Campaign. Historian Kris White—my frequent collaborator and Emerging Civil War co-founder—spent Friday and Saturday showing the group around the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House battlefields.

Saturday morning, specifically, the group looked at the Spotsy battlefield before enjoying a BBQ lunch provided by our friends at Country Lane Catering at the battlefield’s picnic …


Traces of the Bloody Struggle: The Civil War at Stevenson Ridge

Traces of the Bloody Struggle-coverfrom Chris

In my capacity as the historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, one of my projects this summer has been to compile some information about the property’s role during the Civil War. Many of our guests are interested in the Civil War, and they stay here because we’re smack-dab in the middle of central Virginia’s Civil War landscape, right on the Spotsylvania battlefield. The array of earthworks and fortifications on the property are amazing. One NPS historian called them the best-preserved …


Battlefielding on the Anniversary of the Battle

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Stevenson Ridge’s earthworks

from Chris

It’s been a rainy few days to be out on the battlefield, but 152 years ago on May 9, the Federal army moved into the area that is now Stevenson Ridge, so of course, I had to go out onto the field, rain or shine!

Fortunately, I had some great company: three fellow historians who had never had the opportunity to explore Spotsylvania before. One was colleague from Emerging Civil War, James Brooks from the …