Author Archives: John Hennessy

About John Hennessy

John Hennessy is the Chief Historian (Chief of Interpretation) at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

The Fredericksburg Anniversary Program is Now Available

Click to download the full booklet.  The file is about 5mb.

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Updated Schedule for 2012-2013, including Fredericksburg Anniversary

Ongoing:  March 2012-May 2013.  “We Can Never Go Back”—an exhibit at the Fredericksburg Area Museum August 27-December 31:  “Picturing the Civil War”—an exhibit at the Fredericksburg Area Museum.  Events:  September 21: A Fireside Chat: Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation.  Dodd Auditorium, … Continue reading

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A busy April and May ahead….Years of Anguish and To Freedom

From John Hennessy:  April and May coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the Union army in Fredericksburg. Though mightily annoying to white residents, this was a peaceful occupation of the town that would last four months. Despite the … Continue reading

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Churches Remember–Fredericksburg, March 24, 2012

Update:  Churches Remember was a huge success, attracting about 1,500 people to the six churches involved.  We are pleased to announce what we think wil be a unique Sesquicentennial Event, on March 24, 2012:  Churches Remember.  Here is the press release.    … Continue reading

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November 12, 2011: Gallagher and Carmichael at Years of Anguish II: A Nation Goes to War

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. The program will begin at 1 and conclude at 5, with a book signing and … Continue reading

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Two Fall Events Worth Your Time

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: … Continue reading

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Schedule for 2011 and 2012 is in place–starts May 7, 2011

The schedule of major events for 2011 and 2012 is confirmed.  The schedule is below, but you can also download a copy here.  Highlights include: Four major milestone events, including “To Freedom” in May 2012 and the Battle of Fredericksburg … Continue reading

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