Sesquicentennial Events Continue Dec. 11 - 15

National Park Service Staff Historian Donald Pfanz provides an outline of this week's Battle of Fredericksburg 150th anniversary events.

 Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Smoke on the Water


This walking tour from Chatham to the Rappahannock River focuses on Union efforts to construct pontoon bridges under fire.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Changing the Face of Battle: The Crossing

Fredericksburg City Dock

Visit the spot where Union soldiers crossed the river and fought to gain a foothold in town.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fire in the Streets: Seizing the City

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Walk the streets where Union troops fought house to house in an effort to gain control of Fredericksburg.

 Wednesday, December 12, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Yankees in the Streets

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Come learn how Union troops occupied and pillaged Fredericksburg on the eve of the battle.

 Thursday, December 13, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Attacking Marye’s Heights: Sacrificing to Win

Fredericksburg City Dock

Walk the ground where, early in the day, Union troops attacked Marye’s Heights in an effort to draw Confederate attention away from the attacks south of town.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Breakthrough at Prospect Hill

Tour Stop 6, Fredericksburg Battlefield

Tour Prospect Hill, where, for a few brief minutes, the outcome of the battle hung in the balance.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Hopeless Charge:  The Last Attacks against Marye’s Heights

Hurkamp Park on George Street

Follow the path of Union soldiers who continued to attack Marye’s Heights after all hopes of victory had vanished.

 Saturday, December 15, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lee and Jackson at Belvoir

Lee Hill Elementary School, Spotsylvania County

Visit the site of “Belvoir,” a house frequented by Confederate generals.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Yankees Coming and Going:  Franklin’s Crossing

To be announced

Stand beside the Rappahannock at  Franklin’s Crossing, where half the Union army crossed the river.

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