Where the Past Is Present and the Arts Are Alive

Fredericksburg at War


Permanent Exhibition
Catherine W. Jones McKann Center

This exhibition presents the personal stories of Fredericksburg residents during the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World Wars I and II through the objects they left behind: a circa 1820 drop-leaf table scarred by Civil War shelling, diaries, letters, uniforms and other personal items. Special emphasis is placed on the harrowing experiences of area civilians during the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg and the war years that followed. Included in the exhibit are selections from the Johnson Gun Collection of Civil War weapons, on view for the first time in over a decade.

For additional information on the experience of the many slaves that lived in Fredericksburg and/or passed through the area, by foot, wagon and rail, on their way to freedom, visit www.trailtofreedom.com.