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Dine with Gallagher, Krick and Bearss for Battle of Fredericksburg’s 150th

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Central Virginia Battlefields Trust members tour Slaughter Pen Farm, heart of the Fredericksburg battlefield, in Spotsylvania County. CVBT helped save the site from development. (TOM ROTHENBERG/FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR)

This press release came through my door several days ago, and I’ve been tardy in posting it here.

My apologies to CVBT, one of the finest land-preservation groups in the nation.

Personally, I can vouch for the very rare nature of the trust’s Dec. 13 get-together, featuring three of the biggest name in Civil War history–riveting presenters and great scholars, all. To find them in the same room at once is practically unheard of.

What could be better than to find them in Fredericksburg on the sesquicentennial date of the event for which the community is most famous?

The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to offer a truly memorable event coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Noted authors and historians Robert K. Krick and Gary W. Gallagher will join us to discuss two specific aspects of the battle.

Bob’s presentation will focus on Fredericksburg under “War’s Savage Heel: the Plight of the City’s Civilians,” and Gary’s lecture will be entitled”Confederates Respond to the Battle of Fredericksburg.” Several of their books will be available for sale in the banquet hall, and both Bob and Gary will be happy to inscribe them.

The incomparable historian and battlefield preservationist Ed Bearss will also be present, and he will sign copies of his book “Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg–The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War.”

CVBT’s newly published Volume 11 of its popular journal, Fredericksburg History and Biography, will be available as well, and the volume’s authors will be on hand to sign them.

The event will be held at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel, 2801 Plank Road in Central Park. It will include a delicious buffet dinner and a premium-brand cash bar. Please join us at this special anniversary event. It is an opportunity you will not want to miss!

For those of you who may be interested, CVBT is holding a block of guest rooms at the Hospitality House Hotel, which will be available for the rate of $85 per night, for both single and double rooms. Please note, as well, that the ground floor of the hotel is “pet friendly.”


When: December 13, 2012, after the completion of the NPS program downtown Cocktail Hour at 6:00; Buffet Dinner at 6:45; Program to begin at 8:00

Where: The Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. For room reservations at the CVBT block rate, please contact the hotel directly at (540) 786-8321.

Cost: $50. (Room not included)

If you are interested in joining us, please mail your check to CVBT, P.O. Box 3417, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. You may also pay by credit card on our website, at Pay by Credit Card. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 540-374- 0900, or by email at

Please make your reservations as soon as possible, since seating will be limited. We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 13!