Can you imagine experiencing a battle in your own backyard? Explore the history of one of the lesser-known aspects of the battle: an artillery duel featuring the Fredericksburg Artillery, a unit composed of area residents. This program will also contrast the experience of Confederate forces fighting at home with the experience of enslaved people who witnessed the destruction of the forces that held them in bondage.
Meet at Bernard’s Cabins Trail along Lee Drive, Fredericksburg Battlefield. Program will be a .9 mile walk that ends at the Bernard’s Cabins clearing, .9 miles from Lee Drive (total 1.8 miles). This program may include living history cannon fire and associated loud noises.
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.