Special Event

157th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg

Fee: Free.

Location: LAT/LONG: 38.293810, -77.467330

Ranger programs will meet at different locations throughout the park. Check the program descriptions for location information.

Dates & Times


Saturday, December 14, 2019


9:00 AM


8 hours

Type of Event


Check the schedule of events for times of Ranger-guided programs.


On Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th, join the National Park Service in observing the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg with historian-led programs. See the full schedule of events below.  Each program will last about 90 minutes.  


Weather in the Fredericksburg region during December can be unpredictable. Wear warm clothing and footwear, check the forecast in the days leading up to the programs, and keep an eye on the park’s Facebook page for weather updates. 


Saturday, December 14th 




12:30 p.m.  Deadly Ground: Sunken Road, Marye’s Heights, and the Swale 


This program will take a close look at what was likely the strongest tactical position ever used by Lee’s army, and the efforts of Union commanders and soldiers to counter it. Park at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Boulevard, 22401.  Presenter: Frank O’Reilly.  




3:00 p.m.  Battle in the Balance:  Prospect Hill 


Walk to forgotten ground on the south end of the field, where the battle hung in the balance—where Union troops for a time broke Stonewall Jackson’s line. Meet at Tour Stop 6, Prospect Hill. (GPS Coordinates: 38°14'53.64"N  77°26'9.09"W). Presenter: Greg Mertz. 




Sunday, December 15th 


11:30 a.m.  In the Footsteps of the Irish Brigade  


Join us for what has become a legendary walk through the streets of Fredericksburg to the Sunken Road.  Meet at the City Dock, 201 Sophia Street. Note: after the program, stay for the Remembrance walk and then plan for a walk back to your car after the program.  Presenter: Frank O’Reilly.  



2:00 p.m.  157th Anniversary Remembrance Walk 


Join long-time park historian Greg Mertz, who will reflect on the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Sunken Road, and the men who fought there after working at the site for more than 30 years. Park at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, 1013 Lafayette Boulevard, 22401. 

Reservation or Registration: No