The Battle of Fredericksburg
”Fire on the Rappahannock”
December 7-9, 2012 – Fredericksburg, Virginia
On December 7 – 9, 2012, the Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee hosted “Fire on the Rappahannock,” a commemoration of the Battle of Fredericksburg on its 150th Anniversary.
We would like to thank all of the participants, citizens and spectators for the wonderful support for the event. Below are some links about what happened at the event:
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10 Feb 2013: The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce that in total, it has donated more than $11,000 to local Civil War Preservation organizations. Specifically, $3500 went to the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust; $3500 went to the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites; and more than $4000 went to the George Washington Foundation (owners of Ferry Farm.)
These donations are directly as a result of the December 2012 “Fire on the Rappahannock” event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. They could not have been possible without great support from the reenactment community, as well as our neighbors. Thanks to all!
27 January 2013: Heritage Media will release their “Fire on the Rappahannock” DVD on 7 February 2013 at 7PM in the auditorium at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (1201 Caroline St. Fredericksburg). This is a Free event…no tickets required. (Seating is First come, first serve.) See information about the DVD here. See the Release event flyer: Fire on the Rappahannock-kick-off.
26 December 2012: A VERY limited number of event coins are available for sale. (First come first serve.) Contact “Fredericksburg150@28thMassCoB
27 January 2013: Heritage Media will unveil their “Fire on the Rappahannock” DVD on Saturday 7 February at 7PM in the auditorium at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (1201 Caroline St. Fredericksburg). This is a Free event…no tickets required. Seating is “first come- first served. See the Flyer at this link
10 December 2012: The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee would like to say THANK YOU to the thousands of participants, volunteers, spectators, and townspeople who made our two-year effort a rousing success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the tide of admiring comments from all corners — we are gratified to have had your cooperation and support in commemorating the historic battle and most importantly, the human lives that experienced the Fire on those fateful days exactly 150 years ago. We deeply appreciate everyone’s support and patience –and wet feet in some cases — as we made our envisioned commemorative reenactment a reality. Huzzah!
9 December 2012: And we are done! A moving, inspiring NPS commemoration …many thanks to those who stayed.
8 December 2012: An amazing day! Post your pictures and comments on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/150thFredericksburgCommemoration
7 December 2012: And we are off! God speed to all travelers — participant and spectator alike.
6 December 2012: Final Event registration lists are now posted. The Waiting lists are cancelled. There are no more opportunities to join the event. There are no walk-ons or substitutions.
5 December 2012: A new Parking and Shuttle map has been posted. See it here.
3 December 2012: We’d like all participants to seriously consider staying for Sunday’s National Park Service events commemorating the battle. See a Request for Support of NPS Program by Reenactors, to include a description of the NPS events Sunday. As reminder, see the related NPS Letter to Reenactment Community.
2 December 2012: School Day assignments and Student Scavenger Hunt form have been posted. See them at the School Day page. Additionally, we regretfully can not accept anymore schools at this time –we are fully subscribed. Last, a Sutler page has been added – see it here.
1 December 2012: An updated Fred 150 Shuttle and Parking Map has been posted. There are 9 shuttle stops in service for the public 8AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday. See the Visitor Info & FAQ page. Additionally, an “Emergency Contact” Card for participants has been posted on the participant updates page.
1 December 2012: A second event update for participants has been posted. See it here. Updated participation rosters are posted — Go to the “Check Registration“ page. Anyone on the waiting list who wishes to come out to the event next weekend should contact the Registrar Team as soon as possible.
30 November 2012: It is possible to order Event tee-shirts and sweatshirts — see the Event tee-shirts page.
25 November 2012: A map of the Confederate Camp has been posted. See it here.
21 November 2012: Federal Participation lists have been updated to include event rank. Go to the “Check Registration“ page. Visitor FAQs have also been added at this link.
13 November 2012: See the letter at link (2012 11-13 letter to reenactment community) from the National Park Service regarding reenactor in Sundays commemorative events. Please consider staying!
10 November 2012: An important event update for participants has been posted. See it here:
4 November 2012: The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has put out a Visitors Guide to Fredericksburg 2012 Sesquicentennial Commemoration. “Fire on the Rappahannock” content starts on page 9. You can download a .pdf of the booklet here: Fredericksburg-150th-Commemoration-Book.
30 October 2012: The Confederate order of battle has been posted. See it here.
29 October 2012: An UPDATED draft schedule of events is posted (including, as a courtesy, the National Military Park’s events.) See it here. A downloadable draft is also available: Fredericksburg 150th Schedule of Events v11.1
27 October 2012: If you wish to volunteer to help in putting on the event , please send an email to: JayHarrison@StaffordCountyVA.gov
12 October 2012: The Virginian National Guard has officially confirmed the support of the 189th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company). The 189th will erect a modern pontoon bridge across the Rappahannock. (The event will also include the hand-built pontoon boats for the first wave of the Federal attack.)
7 October 2012: A draft schedule of events is posted (including, as a courtesy, the National Military Park’s events.) See it here.
1 October 2012: The Event is fully subscribed. We have more than 1350 registered participants with another almost 200 on Wait Lists. We are no longer accepting general applications – all waiting lists are now closed. We do need musicians. Thanks to all for their support and interest!
15 September 2012: Civilian registrations are now closed. This fully subscribes the event.
1 September 2012: Confederate Infantry registrations are closed. A Confederate waiting listed is posted on the “Check Registration page.” Civilian Applications will remain open only until 15 September 2012 when they will close.
25 August 2012: Confederate Infantry registrations are about 97% are are expected to close out by 1 Sept — if not sooner. Confederate Artillery is now closed (save for members of the artillery units all ready accepted in the event…this is not open-ended.)
15 August 2012: Applications for Fredericksburg Area schools (Public, Private and Home) to participate in the 7 Dec School Day can now be made. See the School Day Tab. Confederate slots (about 86% filled) are are climbing fairly rapidly. Confederate “Other Arms” and Living Historians should contact the Confederate Command Staff.
1 August 2012: All Federal Units are closed, to include Living Historians. The Federal Waiting List is closed. If you are not already in contact with the event organizers, it is too late. See the Federal Brigade Information page. The Federal Wait List is posted on the “Check Registration page.”
1 August 2012: Confederate Infantry enrollments jumped up significantly in July and now is about 65% of capacity. There are now only about 175 Confederate Infantry slots now available.
July 1, 2012. Four Months into the enrollment effort and here is how we stand: Federals: FULL. Confederates 192/500 (38%). Civilians: 94. Wait List Fed Inf: 106. Fed Civilian (associated with military on wait list) 6.
27 June, 2012: The 89th NY and 15th NY Engineers are closed out. All Federal Infantry and Engineer slots are taken. Federal Artillery, Medical, and Field Music are still being sought. Those Living Historians interested in setting up in the Federal Camp at Ferry Farm should contact the Federal Staff. See the Federal Brigade Information page. The Federal Wait List is posted on the “Check Registration page.”
5 June, 2012: The 116th PA is closed out. This closes out the Irish Brigade.
2 June, 2012: Three months into the enrollment effort and here is how we stand: Federal Infantry: 89% subscribed (443/500). Confederate Infantry is 17% subscribed. (86/500). Civilians: 68. Wait List 45. The following Federal units are now closed: 20th Mass, 69th NY and 88th NY.
2 May, 2012: The following Federal Irish Brigade units are now closed: 28th Mass and 63rd NY.
1 May, 2012: Two Months into the enrollment effort and here is how we stand: Federal Infantry: 40% subscribed (203/500). Confederate Infantry is 10% subscribed. (52/500). Civilians: 36.
April 15, 2012: Federal Infantry is 21% subscribed. (104/500). Confederate Infantry is 9% subscribed. (46/500).
March 11, 2012: Check out our event Facebook page! (Use the button below).
March 1, 2012. Applications to participate in the Fire on the Rappahannock commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg are now available.
February 1, 2012. Our website is Open! Registration is expected to open 1 March 2012. Federal and Confederate Infantry is capped at 500 per side due space considerations. There will be limited opportunity for other arms (but these are being explored.)
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