Stafford opened this park in 2013, and we finally got a chance to visit today. The park is a small piece of the land used by the Union Army in their winter encampment after the defeat at Fredericksburg in December 1862. Stafford was decimated by the Union occupation. Some would argue the landscape never recovered.
This first picture shows the site of several huts. It's kind of hard to tell from the photo but the indentations in the ground where they dug down to take advantage of earth's natural insulative properties are still clearly visible 150 years later.
This appears to be a communal fire pit? The ID placard is not present.
Civil war era road leading up from site of a bridge across the creek. The picture is taken from an artillery battery that 150 years later still towers over the road by 6-10 feet.
Looking back up the road from the creek.
The backside of battery 3. I find it amazing that these earthen structures have survived 150 years.
If you are looking for quite and solitude avoid Government Island. It is very popular among parents with young children, people with dogs, and parents with young children and dogs. By comparison, we only saw one person at the Civil War Park.