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Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, December 3rd, 2012


Photo Courtesy of The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee

When: Dec. 7-9

Where: Various locations in Fredericksburg

Ever wonder what life must have been like during the Civil War?  This weekend is your opportunity to see the reenactment of the Battle of Fredericksburg, in addition to demonstrations of life during the Civil War.  The Battle of Fredericksburg is coming up on its 150 year anniversary, and The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee wanted to host a weekend-long event, “Fire on the Rappahannock”, for Northern Virginians to understand the history that has occurred on the land on which they live.   

The grueling battle took place Dec. 11-15 in 1862 on a six-mile front along the Rappahannock River.  Thousands of soldiers fought, yet thousands lost their lives.  Though the Battle of Fredericksburg was not a turning point in the war, it is still just one of the few historical Civil War locations in NoVA. 

One location commemorating this 150 year old war is at the Kenmore and Ferry Farm in Stafford.  Similar to a typical day at Williamsburg, there will be on-going demonstrations of blacksmithing, horsemanship, cooking demonstrations and a field hospital all weekend.  Guests can speak with reenactors to get the full effect of the battle and what life was like in the 1800s.  Check the events schedule for the times of each demo. 

The Civil War battle will also be demonstrated at Slaughter Pen Farm in Spotsylvania.  This is the setting where the battle was won by the Confederates and where many soldiers were killed.

Admission into all the battle sites is $10 per person.  All excess proceeds will be donated to Civil War preservation in the Fredericksburg area.

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