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12/11/2012Location: Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center's Mansard Gallery, 1001 Princess Anne Street Time: 7:00 PM Fee Information: Free
Beginning on October 16 th , Dr. Jeffrey W. McClurken , Chair and Associate Professor of History and American studies at the University of Mary Washington, will set the stage for our series. His lecture entitled, Leading Up to the Battle of Fredericksburg: National and Local Perspectives, will explore the national-level political situation for the Union and Confederacy and local perceptions in the months leading up to Battle of Fredericksburg. The voices of politicians, generals, journalists, and average Virginians will set the stage for Fredericksburg becoming the focal point for the December 1862 battle.
On November 13 th , John Hennessy , Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, will explore the days and months following the Battle of Fredericksburg--the ordeal of the wounded and the struggle of a community damaged both physically and emotionally to recover in his lecture entitled, After the Guns: The Aftermath of Fredericksburg .
Our series will conclude on December 11 th near the eve of the 150 th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg, with Frank O'Reilly , historian of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Considered to be one of the premier historians of the battle, his lecture, War Comes to Fredericksburg will explore the Battle of Fredericksburg from the prospective of the soldiers who fought during the battle and the citizens who witnessed it. Frank O'Reilly remarks, "In 1862, Fredericksburg witnessed the gathering of thousands of soldiers from every corner of the Union and Confederacy-who fought and died in a strange land along the Rappahannock River. Thousands of these soldiers fell transforming Fredericksburg's backyards into battlefields-and making an indelible mark in the nation's history."
Evening with an Expert is free and open to the public and will be held in the Museum's Mansard Gallery beginning at 7:00 pm at 1001 Princess Anne Street. A members' only reception will follow in the galleries. For more information on this event, please contact Tramia Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org , or 540-371-3037, ext. 140. For additional programming information, please contact the Museum or visit us at www.famcc.org . The mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is to collect, interpret and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg region and community.