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National programs, 'Fire on the Rappahannock' re-enactments, HFFI home tour make for many-layered commemoration of Battle of Fredericksurg's 150th anniversary
Be part of the action: Children's programs will be hosted at several sites in the area.
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FRIDAY, DEC. 7
3-5 p.m. "In the Vortex: A Walk on Slaughter Pen Farm." Here, battle hung in the balance on Dec. 13. Owned by Civil War Trust. 11232 Tidewater Trail.
7-8 p.m. "Eve of Battle." A talk by NPS historian Frank O'Reilly in sanctuary of the historic Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. O'Reilly will explore the battle's origins and significance to the nation and to those involved. 810 Princess Anne St.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
All day: National Park Service tours, living history at Chatham, pontoon demonstration, living history (non-NPS), Ferry Farm and City Dock.
HFFI Christmas Candlelight Tour:
Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. hosts 42nd annual tour Saturday and Sunday in a neighborhood that was an attack route for Union troops. (Same-day tickets are $30.) Featured homes include: 700 and 701 Hanover St., 919 Hanover (James Wilkins house); 704 Sunken Road (Brompton); and 123 Lee Drive (Braehead). See hffi.org.
All-day: Living History at Chatham: medicine, civilians, music and headquarters. Hourly tours of the Sunken Road and Marye's Heights. Children's Muster, Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.
8-9:30 a.m. "Fire in the Streets." Union and Confederate soldiers battled house by house, block by block, in the first street fighting on American soil. Meet at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.
10 a.m.-noon "Protecting Jackson's Left." A Union breakthrough threatened to unhinge Jackson's line south of town and became the decisive moment in the Battle of Fredericksburg. Meet at the Bernard's Cabin trailhead, South Lee Drive.
1-2:30 p.m. "Across the Bloody Plain." Follow in the footsteps of Union soldiers who attacked the Confederates along the Sunken Road. Meet at Hurkamp Park, at the corner of George Street and Prince Edward Street.
4-5 p.m. "The Dreaded Heights." NPS historians will staff Sunken Road and Marye's Heights. Begin at corner of Hanover Street and Sunken Road.
7 p.m. "Ordeal of the Town." NPS historian John Hennessy will use letters and diaries to explore the experience of civilians during the battle. In the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church, 901 Princess Anne St.
"Fire on the Rappahannock"
11-11:30 a.m. Street Battle: along Sophia Street. Union battalions will advance into the city, meeting resistance from Confederate forces. The street battle can be viewed from Riverfront Park, 600 Sophia St.
For the complete details: Program: 1.usa.gov/STUrzK'Fire on the Rappahannock': fredericksburg150 .org Tourism: visitfred.com