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Every second Wednesday of the month, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park are partnering to bring the Civil War Sesquicentennial to Appomattox. Each month, a knowledgable speaker will lead a discussion on a topic or event's 150th anniversary. The talks will take place upstairs at Baine's Books and Coffee.
The First Battle of Fredericksburg, fought in December 1862, was between General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Major General Ambrose E. Burnside’s Army of the Potomac.
Burnside’s plan was to cross the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg in November and push on to Richmond before Lee could stop him. Those plans were delayed waiting for pontoon bridges to arrive, which gave Lee time to entrench his army on the heights above and behind the city. When the Army of the Potomac finally crossed the river, they engaged in a frontal attack that resulted in staggering casualties. Burnside withdrew his army, recrossed the Rappahannock and ended another failed campaign for the Army of the Potomac.
Come hear Bob Sayre, Visitors’ Services Manager for the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox discuss why this was such a critical battle in the Eastern Theater.
Admission is free. Lunch will be available for purchase at Baine's Books and Coffee (Outside lunches are not permitted).