The fall schedule for the regional 150th observance features two premier events.
Hollywood in Blue and Gray. On Thursday October 6, Drs. Peter Carmichael of Gettysburg College and Brian Luskey of West Virginia University will present: Hollywood in Blue and Gray: The Civil War in Film. The program will look at clips from several popular war-related films and will look at how film has shaped Americans’ view of the Civil War. The program will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the main branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Seating is limited to about 150, so the library asks that you call 540 372-1144 x232 to reserve a seat.
Years of Anguish II: A Nation Goes to War, is set for Saturday November 12 at Dodd Auditorium on the University of Mary Washington Campus. Following on our wildly successful inaugural entry of Years of Anguish, November’s program will again look at the war through a national, state, and local lens. The program will feature Dr. Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia and Dr. Peter Carmichael of Gettysburg College. Dr. Gallagher will present, “Devoted to Union,” a look at how many Americans opted to embrace war rather than see the work of the founding fathers destroyed by secession. Dr. Carmichael will look at Virginias’ descent into war–specifically how the generation of 1861 understood the war and why they fought. John Hennessy will sandwich between the two to look at how the Fredericksburg region reacted to and mobilized for war.
As before, Dr. Jeff McClurken of the University of Mary Washington will moderate.
This program is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Museum and the University of Mary Washington.