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“Bloody Work Must Ensue”: the Road to Fredericksburg – Battle of Fredericksburg 160th

Join park staff to learn about the origins of the Fredericksburg Campaign and the choices that led to the battle. How did the Union high command determine to fight at Fredericksburg, and what obstacles hindered those plans? What actions did Confederate commanders take to plan and prepare for the upcoming winter campaign?

Bring a chair and/or blanket for this stationary, outdoor program.

Commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg from December 9-13, 2022.
This year’s commemoration begins with an opening program discussing the larger context of the campaign, including efforts of self-emancipation, military events, and political pressure. This program will feature Ms. Mali Lucas-Green sharing her personal story as a descendent of freedom seekers. Other programs will follow in the footsteps of units fighting in the battle, consider the care of the wounded, and ultimately, the commemorative weekend will close with a program in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Tuesday, December 13, will feature extended tours of the battlefield itself. All programs are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, programs may be altered or cancelled.

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Event Details
Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00am - 10:45am
Chatham Manor, Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA, USA