Monday, December 31, 2012
Solley's personal reflections on the Battle of Fredericksburg commemoration.
Fredericksburg City Council member George Solley (Ward 2) participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg sesquicentennial weekend and spoke with Patch about the experience. "I actually had ancestors in this battle, so for me personally it's revisiting a time I grew up knowing about and that I don't think we should forget," Solley said. His complete comments are in the attached video. For more on the sesquicentennial commemoration, see the topic page, The Battle of Fredericksburg 150th, for a list of story links. Find Fredericksburg Patch via:
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Other than the river crossing, last weekend's "Fire on the Rappahannock," the 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Fredericksburg, went pretty much according to plan:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A video statement of what the weekend's Battle of Fredericksburg 150th meant to participants.
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 …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A diary entry from the Rev. Francis E. Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey, while in Fredericksburg on Dec. 11, 1862.
Monday, December 10, 2012
On Saturday the crash of muskets echoed again on the site of the most lopsided defeat of the Civil War, three days shy of its sesquicentennial.
National Park Service Staff Historian Donald Pfanz provides an outline of this week's Battle of Fredericksburg 150th anniversary events.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Smoke on the Water Chatham 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 …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The monument honors the military unit which made the most famous attack at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
By Donald Pfanz, National Park Service The culminating afternoon of the Fredericksburg Battle Anniversary weekend will begin with a procession through town, starting at Riverfront Park at 1 p.m. Sunday. The procession will be shaped largely by sound, including hundreds of explosions simulating artillery fire. Residents should not be alarmed when they hear the explosions. The exploding fireworks shells will symbolize the bombardment of Fredericksburg and the ordeal of the town’s residents as on Dec. 11, 1862, as many as 100 shells a minute exploded over the town. The program on December 9 will include the explosion of 200 shells in two minutes. As the procession moves from Riverfront Park to Hurkamp Park, the town’s church bells will …
Two modern National Guard units descended from Civil War infantry regiments meet Sunday for the Battle of Fredericksburg 150th commemoration.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
By Donald Pfanz, National Park Service Regiments that once confronted each other on the field of battle will soon meet again in camaraderie. On Sunday, soldiers of the 116th Virginia and 69th New York infantry regiments, two modern National Guard units, will join the National Park Service to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. At 1 p.m., the National Park Service will mark the anniversary with a procession from the Rappahannock River to Marye’s Heights, following the 69th New York’s route of advance. The procession will end with a program along the historic Sunken Road featuring music, readings, living historians, and reflections on the events of 150 years ago. The 69th New York was one of five regiments …
National Park Service and the Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee weekend events for the Battle of Fredericksburg Sesquicentennial.
This information was provided by the National Park Service. For additional details, see their website. Saturday, December 8 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Fire in the Streets Rappahannock Regional Library Walk the city blocks where Union and Confederate soldiers fought for control of the town 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Civil War HistoryMobile Chatham Come learn about the Civil War in Virginia through the Commonwealth’s moving museum, the HistoryMobile 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children’s Muster Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center Kids can try on soldier uniforms and drill with wooden muskets while earning Civil War trading cards 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Protecting Jackson’s Left South Lee Drive, Fredericksburg Battlefield Stroll the area around …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Battle of Fredericksburg 150th anniversary events will impact weekend traffic.
The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee hosts Fire on the Rappahannock this weekend, a commemoration of the Battle of Fredericksburg on its 150th Anniversary. The events from Friday through Sunday (Dec. 7 - 9) will affect traffic and parking. "Travel by shuttle is advised, especially for Saturday events," the city's Public Works Department said in a press release. Street closure and shuttle maps are attached to this article, and are also on the City's website. On Dec. 8, detours and street closures will run from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Sophia to Marye Heights, the Public Works department said. These will accommodate two City of Fredericksburg sponsored battle reenactments. "At 10 a.m., cannon posted at Ferry Farm will fire …