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Fredericksburg Civil War Sesquicentennial plans update

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, Economic Development and Tourism Director Karen Hedelt gave an update on the City’s Civil War Sesquicentennial plans.

The committee who is planning the celebrations has representatives from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotyslvania, elected officials, the National Park Service, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, the University of Mary Washington, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, the George Washington Foundation, Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, re-enactment groups and private citizens.

Some of the activities planned include:

  • May 4-6 “To Freedom” A commemoration of the passage of 10,000 slaves to freedom across the Rappahannock. The event will begin at Shiloh Old Site and Riverfront park and the procession will go to the City Dock. There will be 10,000 candles floating across the river symbolizing the flight.
  • December 8-9 The Battle of Fredericksburg: There will be a series of battle reenactments, field hospitals, music and living history, among other things
  • March 25: “Churches Remember, Fredericksburg”
  • There will be two Abraham Lincoln events
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Here is Karen Hedelt’s presentation on the city’s Civil War Sesquicentennial plans.