Commemorating the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville

Our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski, took part in an exciting two-day event to help commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle of Chancellorsville earlier this week. Chris, along with several fellow historians from Emerging Civil War, joined Kris White and Garry Adelman from the Civil War Trust and Beth Parnicza and Pete Maugle from the National Park Service for a series of Facebook LIVE broadcasts.

From Emerging Civil War, Dan Davis, Ryan Quint, Steward Henderson, and Edward Alexander joined in. So …


Luminary 2016

from Chris

In case you missed last weekend’s annual luminary ceremony at Fredericksburg National Military Park, here are a couple quick pictures. It took 500 Boy Scouts two hours to set up all the flags and all the bags with the candles in them, plus another hour to light them, plus another hour to pick them all up (and that’s not even counting all the time spent getting the bags of sand assembled, used to weight down the candle bags).…


Memorial Day Luminary at the National Cemetery

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If you’ve never before taken the time to visit the annual luminary event at Fredericksburg National Cemetery, do yourself a favor and make it a point to visit this year.

The annual tradition will be held this Saturday, May 28, from 8-11 p.m.

This will be the 21st anniversary of the Memorial Day Luminary, and it’s particularly special because this year marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the cemetery.

A host of volunteers offer short …