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American Artifacts: Fredericksburg Battle Re-enactment

Reenactors in a Fredricksburg street mark the 150th anniversary.

Reenactors in a Fredricksburg street mark the 150th anniversary.

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Sunday, December 23, 2012

The 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia was fought from December 11 to 13 inside and near the small transportation hub along the Rappahannock River, an hour’s drive south of Washington, D.C.  During events marking the 150th anniversary of a battle that resulted in almost 2,000 deaths and 16,000 casualties, American History TV captured video of re-enactments, including a river crossing and landing under fire and street-to-street urban combat.  We spoke with National Park Service historian Frank O'Reilly, homeowner Charles McDaniel, and several participating re-enactors.

Updated: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 11:58am (ET)

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