History at Sunset – Thunder and Flame: Bernard’s Cabins in the Battle of Fredericksburg

Explore one of the lesser-known aspects of the battle that took place on December 13, 1862. Discover the story of an artillery duel that would destroy the homes of enslaved workers and leave a permanent mark on the land around it.  Meet at Bernard’s Cabins trailhead (on the south part of Lee Drive about .6 miles from Lansdowne Road).

History Sunset Programs are free, take place every other Saturday during the summer starting at 6:30 pm, and last about 90 minutes. Most include walking, with distances ranging from about ½ to 1 mile. Participants are recommended to bring bug spray and water and to wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes. To learn more about these and other park offerings, including the Junior Ranger program, special events, living history presentations, and guided walking tours, stop by the park visitor centers and historic sites, call (540) 693-3200, or visit

civil war cannon at sunset
Event Details
August 20, 2022 – August 20, 2022
6:30 - 8:00 pm
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