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History at Sunset – Fredericksburg Battlefield

Battle in the Balance: Early’s Counterattack at Fredericksburg

A Federal breakthrough during the Battle of Fredericksburg ruptured the Confederate defenses and brought the US Army to the brink of victory. Without permission, Confederate General Jubal A. Early led a counterattack that sparked some of the bloodiest fighting at Fredericksburg, drove the Federals away, and restored the Confederate lines.

Meet on the Fredericksburg Battlefield at Tour Stop 6, Prospect Hill, the southern end of Lee Drive; includes a 1 mile walk over uneven terrain, moderate hills, and thick woods; sturdy shoes, water, and bug spray recommended.

History at Sunset is an annual series that focuses on areas rarely visited, stories rarely told, or familiar sites seen through a different lens. Park rangers lead each History at Sunset program. All programs are free and take place every other Saturday evening at 6:30 pm. Most include walking, with distances ranging from about 0.5 to 1.5 miles. Participants are recommended to bring bug spray and water and to wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes.

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Event Details
Saturday, August 5, 2023
Prospect Hill, Lee Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, USA