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History Calendar for week of Jan. 20, 2013
History Calendar for week of Jan. 20, 2013

Date published: 1/22/2013

Please enter information online at events.fredericksburg.com. Select "History" category. You may also email
Email: tandc@freelancestar.com (subject: History Calendar), or fax 540/373-8455. Deadline: noon Thursday preceding Tuesday publication. 540/374-5461.

"The Union Army's 'Valley Forge' 1863: 93 Days That Saved America." Wednesday, Jan. 23. Local historian and author Al Conner, president of Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg, discusses army's pivotal experiences in Stafford County. (Part One of two talks; conclusion on Feb. 27.) At University of Mary Washington's Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St. Bar opens 5:45 p.m., social 6 p.m., dinner 6:45 p.m., program 7:30 p.m. Reservations required; 540/361-2105. Coats, ties for men; equivalent for ladies. civilwar roundtablefredericksburg.com.

"Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty." 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Historian Gary W. Gallagher will speak at Central Rappahannock Regional Library's headquarters, 1201 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg. Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will discuss Robert E. Lee's loyalties to Virginia, United States, South and Confederacy during sectional discord of mid-19th century. One needs to think of Lee, he'll emphasize, as a complex person whose loyalty to Virginia did not always guide his actions. His remarks will be drawn from his new book, due in May, that focuses on Robert E. Lee, Stephen Dodson Ramseur and Jubal A. Early--prominent officers in Army of Northern Virginia who became ardent Confederate nationalists. Lecture sponsored by Stratford Hall and the regional library. Free. 804/493-1972, stratfordhall.org or library point.org, 540/372-1144. Gallagher's books will be on sale.

"Julius Caesar," The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Philip Freeman, author of "Julius Caesar" and professor of classics at Luther College, launches annual series at University of Mary Washington in George Washington Hall's Dodd Auditorium. Free. umw.edu/greatlives; 540/654-1065.

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