The Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (the 150th Anniversary) will be commemorated by our park with four large battle anniversaries and several smaller programs, exhibits, and performances that highlight events which took place in Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties 150 years ago. It is a momentous anniversary, and we hope you'll join us for one or more of our events marking significant past occurrences and themes.

In the spring of 1865, battles around Petersburg, Appomattox, and elsewhere in the South decided the fate of the Civil War and the Confederacy. As the nation faced reunification and reconstruction, communities like Fredericksburg struggled with the devastation left behind by war, and residents worked to rebuild lives that had been shattered or reborn. How would society adapt to major changes, including the new freedom of countless individuals? Join us for a series of programs in 2015 that will explore the new reality of 1865 in Virginia.

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