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Massaponnox Church - 1864 112 Massaponnox Church - 2001
Massaponnox Church - 1864                             Massaponnox Church - 2001

  With the end of the Spotsylvania battle, Grant began moving his forces farther South, which would eventually result in the North Anna battle. It was at this time that he relocated his headquarters to the Massaponnox Church. (The Church is just off of U.S. Route 1, about ten miles south of Fredericksburg.)

Union troops surround the Church in the left photograph, above, which was taken May 21, 1864; the right photograph was taken in May 12, 2001.

Bethel Church - 1864 111 Bethel Church - 2001
Bethel Church - 1864                                     Bethel Church - 2001

  At about the same time that Grant moved his headquarters to Massaponnox Church, Burnside established his headquarters at Bethel Church also near Fredericksburg but farther East than Grant

The left photograph, above, was taken May 23, 1864; the right photograph was taken on May 23, 2001. Note that a large tree blocks the front of the Church when the photograph is taken at the same angle as the 1864 photograph. The photograph below is another view of the Church.

Bethel Church - 2001

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