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Years of Anguish: Struggle at Fredericksburg

Date: November 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Fredericksburg Baptist Church
Series: Years of Anguish

About Years of Anguish

Years of Anguish is a series of community forums featuring some of the most prominent Civil War scholars in the world. This series focuses on major events and themes and is structured to look at each through a national lens, a Virginia lens, and a local lens. The forums are free and open to the public. Years of Anguish is presented by the University of Mary Washington, The National Park Service and FAMCC.

About Struggle at Fredericksburg

The National Park Service, the Fredericksburg Area Museum, and the University of Mary Washington are pleased to announce the fourth of the highly popular Years of Anguish speaker’s forums.  “Years of Anguish: Struggle at Fredericksburg” will take place Saturday November 17, from 1-5 p.m. in the sanctuary of the historic Fredericksburg Baptist Church—used as a field hospital during the battle.  The program is free.  No registration or tickets are required.  A book signing and reception will follow 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” features three of the premier historians of the battle in the world:
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.

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.

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.

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.