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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The only building that the Park Service has for Wilderness Battlefield is this Exhibit Shelter on Route 20 a little south of the Route 3 crossroads. I stopped by once about 10 years ago and read the information here, and then stopped this winter again to take pictures. On weekends during the spring and fall and daily during the summer historians lead 45 minute guided walking tours at 11:00 and 2:00 beginning at the exhibit shelter. Other than that, if you want maps or additional information you have to go to the visitor centers at Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville.

    From here, according to the NPS, you can "take the Gordon Flank Trail. This is a two-mile long loop which starts in Saunders Field. It follows Confederate trenches before crossing over to loop back along Union trenches. The trail deals with the opening Union assaults across Saunders Field and Confederate General John B. Gordon's flank attack. Another walk can be found at Widow Tapp field at tour stop 11 on the driving tour. In this field occurred the famous Lee to the rear incident when General Longstreet's Corps arrived on the morning of May 6, 1864 to save Lee's army."

    There is also a five mile Self Guided Automobile Tour of the Wilderness Battlefield which links the area of fighting in the Orange Turnpike sector with the Orange Plank Road section. The tour begins at the Wilderness Exhibit Shelter. Brown and white tour markers and wayside exhibits will guide you around the field and provide you with information.

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Wilderness Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Written Feb 11, 2008

    These are some signs that are next to the shelter. One of them has the walking and driving tour directions on them, and another one details the regulations for using metal detectors.

    More specific, one of the posters inside the outline of an Indian arrow head says:

    HELP PRESERVE THE
    PAST FOR THE FUTURE

    Archeological sites are protected by law. Distruction of archeological sites, theft of any material remains of past human activities and possession of metal detectors is illegal. Maximum criminal penalties for a first offense are:

    Misdemeanor: $100,000, and/or 1 year imprisonment

    Felony: $250,000, and/or 2 years imprisonment

    Report violations to any Park Ranger or by calling

    Park Headquarters
    373-4461
    Ranger Division
    899-2698

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    by grandmaR Written Feb 11, 2008

    Favorite thing: The diagram of the battle was difficult to take a good picture of because of reflections in the glass that covers the map. So I took pictures of the different sections of the battle. Section 1 is under Warnings, and Section 3 is in the Intro.

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