Straddling the fall line, Spotsylvania County was formed from Essex, King William, and King and Queen Counties in 1720. It was named for Alexander Spotswood, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. The Civil War battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania were fought in this county. The county seat is Spotsylvania.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/18/03
Year On Marker: 2003
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: Port Royal, VA 22580. Located on Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1), 0.75 miles north of the junction of Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1) and Paige Road. Marker is on the right when traveling north on Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1).
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