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Years of Anguish Fall 2012

The National Park Service, the Fredericksburg Area Museum, and the University of Mary Washington would like to thank our speakers who participated in the highly popular Years of Anguish speaker’s forums.  “Years of Anguish: Struggle at Fredericksburg” was held in November in the sanctuary of the historic Fredericksburg Baptist Church—used as a field hospital during the battle.   A book signing and reception after the lecture was held in the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center’s Historic Town Hall building at 907 Princess Anne Street, a few doors down Princess Anne Street.

“Struggle at Fredericksburg” featured three of the premier historians of the battle in the world:

George C. Rable is the Charles Summersell Professor of Southern
History at the University of Alabama. His 2002 book Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!–which won the 2003 Lincoln Prize excellence in Civil War scholarship–takes a unique look at the battle as it was viewed by civilians, participants, the press, the public, and politicians. It is widely regarded as one of the great campaign studies ever done. Dr. Rable will present “Fredericksburg: The Battle and Beyond,” and will look at how the Battle of Fredericksburg reverberated across the landscape, North and South–through the press, through homes, through the halls of Congress.

View Fredericksburg: The Battle and Beyond on www.c-span.org.

Susannah J. Ural of the University of Southern Mississippi is the author of The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865 (NYU Press, 2006). She will present “A Shroud Over us All: The Irish Brigade and Fredericksburg.” Her program will explore the Irish Brigade’s experience at Fredericksburg and what it meant to the brigade and the nation–how it helped shape’s the Northern public’s view of the broader Union disaster.

View A Shroud Over Us All: The Irish Brigade and Fredericksburg on www.c-span.org

Frank O’Reilly of the National Park Service is considered the greatest authority on the Battle of Fredericksburg. His book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, has reshaped our understanding of the clash on the fields west and south of Fredericksburg. He will present “Commanders at War: Success and Failure at Fredericksburg,” which will examine the decisions and decision-makers who left their imprint on Fredericksburg; and on whom Fredericksburg in turn left its imprint.

View Commanders at War: Success and Failure at Fredericksburg on www.c-span.org.

The program will be moderated by Dr. Jeffrey McClurken, Associate Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington, and author of Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2009).

The Fredericksburg Baptist Church is located at 1019 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.  For more information on this event please contact Tramia Jackson at tjackson@famcc.org or John Hennessy at John_Hennessy@nps.gov.