Special Events

The following are special events scheduled at the park or at institutions hosting programs by or in cooperation with park historical staff. For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors, please call the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor center at (540) 373-6122 and/or check the park's facebook page.

For more details on each event, check our Events Calendar.

Note: the list below does not include the park's popular, free History at Sunset programs that occur on Friday evenings each summer.

Battle of Chancellorsville 152nd Anniversary

(More details to come)

May 2

Afternoon "Stonewall" Jackson Flank Attack Tour

Evening Jackson Wounding Tour

May 3

Morning Hazel Grove-Fairview Tour

Afternoon Fight toward Chancellorsville Tour

May 2, 2015: Battle of the Wilderness 151st Anniversary

10:00 - 5:00 at Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove, 22508

The anniversary commemoration will include living history re-enactors giving presentations on a myriad of activities that took place at Ellwood during the Battle of the Wilderness:

  • Patrick Dunigan portraying Federal General Gouverneur K. Warren, who had his Union 5th Corps headquarters at Ellwood.
  • Medical re-enactor John Pelletier
  • The Civil War “Ladies Victorian” Group
  • The 23rd United States Colored Troops
  • A program on the life of a Confederate soldier by FoWB’s Mike Pierce

A Heritage Program tent will also be set up to answer questions and assist visitors with ancestral connections with the Battle of the Wilderness or Ellwood, and will include presentations by new Heritage Program members.

The programs run at various times throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m..

All events are FREE and open to the public.

May 16, 2015: Passing of the Armies (To Be Announced)

As the war drew to a close, officials called the Union armies in the field to Washington, D.C. for a Grand Review to honor the men who had saved the Union. As they came north, several soldiers felt compelled to visit the battlegrounds in the Fredericksburg area as they passed through.

May 23, 2015: 20th Annual Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd, 22401

More than 15,300 candles--one for each soldier buried in the cemetery--will light the Fredericksburg National Cemetery to honor those who have given their lives for their country. Due to limited parking, a free shuttle service will operate from the University of Mary Washington parking lot on the corner of William St. and Sunken Rd. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, with another shuttle operating between that point and the cemetery.

May 25, 2015: Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Fredericksburg National Cemetery

Upright monument to Andrew Humphreys lit by moonlight and candlelight during our annual National Cemetery Illumination

Annual Memorial Day Illumination in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery

NPS Photo


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