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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738582468, Paperback)Named for Alexander Spotswood, an adventurous, enterprising, Colonial-era governor, Spotsylvania was formed in 1721 from the western expanses of Essex, King and Queen, and King William Counties. A burgeoning industrial and agricultural region during America's formative years, Spotsylvania County remained an important trade hub in the years leading up to the Civil War. Located between the warring capitals of Richmond and Washington, D.C., Spotsylvania became the battleground of four major land engagements, leaving more than 100,000 casualties over an 18-month period. Left in economic desolation at the war's end, the citizenry reclaimed the ravaged countryside and, with admirable perseverance, sought a return to normalcy. Today Spotsylvanians struggle to reconcile the advantages of a tourism industry, which is based on a history that was thrust upon them, with finding their place in a sprawling suburban future.
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