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 Union re-enactors attack Trench Hill on Saturday as hundreds of Confederate troops fire on them during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.
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Date published: 12/9/2012


"Twenty years in Fredericksburg and I've never felt its history as keenly as I did today," said one woman.

At Chatham Manor in southern Stafford, atop the bluff overlooking Fredericksburg, the sounds of gunfire ricocheted off the river. It carried right up into the antebellum mansion where Union generals planned their attacks on the city and the Confederate defenses from Marye's Heights south to Prospect Hill and Deep Run.

National Park Service volunteers at Chatham said they wished every day could be more like this one--as hundreds of people said they experienced a real connection with the past.


"The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee was extremely pleased with today's events," Eric Powell, top commander of "Fire on the Rappahannock," said afterward. "Re-enactors had a unique and thrilling experience. Recreating those scenarios on historic ground for the 150th anniversary was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The committee thanks area officials, community members, volunteers and property owners "for allowing us this moment to honor those who hallowed this ground 150 years ago," said Powell, a Spotsylvania educator.

All day long, people said they found the battle dramas and family oriented programs "delightful," Stafford County tourism manager M.C. Moncure said.

"The effort by Eric Powell and others brought together so many moving parts, including the National Park Service programs, for an outstanding day of partnership among a lot of different groups and people," she said.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975
Email: kthisdell@freelancestar.com

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