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War So Terrible: Remembering the Battle of Fredericksburg

One hundred and forty-seven years ago, lines of blue advanced on a hillside near the outskirts of Fredericksburg. Those heights were manned by gray-uniformed soldiers, powerfully well-armed and rather surprised that the Union commander should send wave after wave of troops into their maelstrom of cannon and rifle fire. What followed was a slaughter about which Confederate General Robert E. Lee said, "It is well that war is so terrible...we should grow too fond of it."

On December 13th at 2 P.M., the Park service will host a 30-minute program commemorating the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. The program will be held at the Kirkland Monument, on historic Sunken Road. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Carmichael, a professor of history at West Virginia University.

Want to learn more about the Battle of Fredericksburg? Find first-hand accounts, a self-guided walking tour brochure, and recommended reading through our Web site.