Unique Themed Cemetery, Civil War Museum Planned For Battle Site Near Fredericksburg

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Ground will be broken early next month for a unique 373-acre memorial to the
 126,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who fought the Battle of
 Chancellorsville in 1863 just west of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
     Centerpiece of The Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens will be burial sites
 for descendants of the battle, military retirees and Civil War enthusiasts.
     With some 40,000 burial sites available in the development's first phase,
 the historic land will also feature a Circle of Flags representing each
 state's participation in the Battle, a Soldiers' Memorial Fountain and a
 period-style lakeside chapel along with appropriate historic statuary.
     A museum and learning center and a total of 350,000 burial sites will
 comprise the eventual scope of The Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens.
     Edward Laux, president of CMG and a nationally recognized memorial
 developer, said "CMG will be a lovely, permanent home that reflects the
 passions of the Civil War."
     Laux emphasized that the ultimate development will preserve the grounds
 against inappropriate future development and will enhance the area's rich
 historical ambiance.
     Blane Piper, a Fredericksburg-area living historian, is heading CMG's
 efforts to locate artifacts and any remains on the site.
     Laux said artifacts and relics found will be featured in the site's
 planned Civil War Museum. The Museum will house lecture halls and meeting
 areas for relevant community groups. Also, Laux said that land could be set
 aside for Civil War reenactors' campsites, as well.
     And while Laux said that CMG's developers are interested in encouraging
 descendents of Chancellorsville's combatants to consider family plots at CMG,
 he said the development will be open to Virginia residents simply looking for
 an attractive final resting place designed in mid-Nineteenth Century period
 style.
     "Our unique concept," Laux said, "affords an extraordinary opportunity for
 families, individuals and groups to marry their fascination for what some call
 the War Between Brothers with their love of this land and their freedom to
 choose a final resting place that reflects their lifelong pursuits."
     CMG is on land from which Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall"
 Jackson launched an historic flanking maneuver in May 1863 against Union
 General Joe Hooker's Army of the Potomac at a turning point in the Civil War.
 Although the South won the day, Jackson was latter mortally wounded at
 Chancellorsville in a portent of the War's eventual outcome.
     Visit Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens on the World Wide Web:
 http://www.civilwarcemetery.com .
 
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    FREDERICKSBURG, Va., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Ground will be broken early next month for a unique 373-acre memorial to the
 126,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who fought the Battle of
 Chancellorsville in 1863 just west of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
     Centerpiece of The Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens will be burial sites
 for descendants of the battle, military retirees and Civil War enthusiasts.
     With some 40,000 burial sites available in the development's first phase,
 the historic land will also feature a Circle of Flags representing each
 state's participation in the Battle, a Soldiers' Memorial Fountain and a
 period-style lakeside chapel along with appropriate historic statuary.
     A museum and learning center and a total of 350,000 burial sites will
 comprise the eventual scope of The Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens.
     Edward Laux, president of CMG and a nationally recognized memorial
 developer, said "CMG will be a lovely, permanent home that reflects the
 passions of the Civil War."
     Laux emphasized that the ultimate development will preserve the grounds
 against inappropriate future development and will enhance the area's rich
 historical ambiance.
     Blane Piper, a Fredericksburg-area living historian, is heading CMG's
 efforts to locate artifacts and any remains on the site.
     Laux said artifacts and relics found will be featured in the site's
 planned Civil War Museum. The Museum will house lecture halls and meeting
 areas for relevant community groups. Also, Laux said that land could be set
 aside for Civil War reenactors' campsites, as well.
     And while Laux said that CMG's developers are interested in encouraging
 descendents of Chancellorsville's combatants to consider family plots at CMG,
 he said the development will be open to Virginia residents simply looking for
 an attractive final resting place designed in mid-Nineteenth Century period
 style.
     "Our unique concept," Laux said, "affords an extraordinary opportunity for
 families, individuals and groups to marry their fascination for what some call
 the War Between Brothers with their love of this land and their freedom to
 choose a final resting place that reflects their lifelong pursuits."
     CMG is on land from which Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall"
 Jackson launched an historic flanking maneuver in May 1863 against Union
 General Joe Hooker's Army of the Potomac at a turning point in the Civil War.
 Although the South won the day, Jackson was latter mortally wounded at
 Chancellorsville in a portent of the War's eventual outcome.
     Visit Chancellorsville Memorial Gardens on the World Wide Web:
 http://www.civilwarcemetery.com .
 
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