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Lesson Plan on the Battle of Fredericksburg

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This program will explain the Battle of Fredericksburg. Students will visit the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center and view the museum and orientation program. They will also take a short walking tour along the Sunken Road area of the battlefield. Fifth grade and seventh grade have been targeted because of their related curricular objectives.


Standards of Learning: Social Studies 5.1, 7.1, 7.9


The City of Fredericksburg and the surrounding countryside provided the setting for four major battles of the Civil War. The first of these was the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. It was to become Confederate General Robert E. Lee's most one-sided victory of the war. Today, the National Park Service preserves key portions of the battlefield.

  1. List three reasons why the battle of Fredericksburg took place at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  2. Identify two sites on the battlefield and explain what happened at those places.
  3. Name the opposing commanding generals and recognize their photographs.
  4. Define preservation and explain why it is important to preserve the battlefield.
  5. Encourage sense of pride and ownership of this national military park.

Last updated: February 26, 2015