Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania await word from Confederacy museum

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Museum of the Confederacy executive director Waite Rawls has his hands full in Appomattox, where he wants to begin his system of museums.

The negotiations in Appomattox have left Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County leaders a bit out of the loop. They said they haven't heard from Rawls in months.

The private Richmond museum has the world's largest collection of Civil War artifacts and is looking to have a location here as well.

Fredericksburg City Councilman Matt Kelly said a meeting with museum officials had been set, but was canceled when the city manager resigned.

"Everything's been relatively quiet," said Kelly, who is one of several Fredericksburg officials who discussed with Rawls the possibly of a museum in the city's historic Princess Anne Street courthouse.

"I know they are kind of heavy-duty into the Appomattox situation right now," Kelly said. "I know they are still looking at all the sites here, too. It's not just us."

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