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“I am certain this war will set us free”: Transforming a War for Reunion into a War for Freedom

Featuring guest speaker Mali Lucas-Green, a descendent of freedom seekers who crossed the Rappahannock River near Culpeper, this program will consider the context of the Fredericksburg campaign through the lens of emancipation. Freedom seekers across the South crossed into U.S. lines, forcing the question of emancipation, and in doing so, transformed the war itself.

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
December 9, 2022 – December 9, 2022
7pm - 8:30pm
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Fredericksburg Branch, Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, USA