Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scenes of Fredericksburg's 150th Anniversary Reenactment

     On Saturday, December 8, 2012, the City of Fredericksburg once again witnessed the sites and sounds of battle. Union forces crossing the Rappahannock River on pontoon bridges met with staunch resistance just as had occurred one hundred and fifty years before.  
 
Mock urban warfare erupted in the streets.

Blue clad forces pressed on.








     But, as in 1862, the ordeal would end in a costly "slaughter", on the streets and at the foot of Marye's Heights, in front of a simple stone wall, along an infamous Sunken Road. Alas, when the smoke cleared, these "honored dead" arose to rejoin family and friends, and live another day, ending a fitting and proper "commemoration" of the Sesquicentennial anniversary.

All photographs copyright 2012 by John F. Cummings III


2 comments:

Toby Hoover said...

Sad to say I had to miss the events of the 150th. Hopefully I'll be around another 50 years so I can witness the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Gary Fields said...

My great,great grandfather fought at and was wounded at Fredericksburg near the stone wall. 126th Pa Vol. Proved to be the end of the war for him. Received a medical discharge three months later. I was unable to be there for the reenactment, but I was thinking of him on that day.