Four reenactors portraying members of the 69th New York in the Battle of Fredericksburg Sesquicentennial shared with Patch on video what the weekend meant to them.
The National Park Service marked the anniversary Sunday with a procession from the Rappahannock River to Marye’s Heights, following the 69th New York’s route of advance. The procession ended along the historic Sunken Road, with a program featuring music, readings, living historians and reflections on the events of 150 years ago.
The 69th New York was one of five regiments that fought with the Irish Brigade, a unit composed largely of Irish immigrants. On Dec. 13, 1862, the regiment joined dozens of other Union regiments in attacking Marye’s Heights, losing 128 men, including each of its officers.
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