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Lee Triumphant, Lee Crippled: The Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville

A Weekend Warrior Program

May 5-7, 2017

With Rick Brittan from Fredericksburg, VA



Friday, May 5th

Join us at 6 PM at our hotel in Fredericksburg, Virginia where we will meet our tour leader Rick Britton. Here he will set the stage for perhaps the two most dramatic and decisive victories Robert E. Lee achieved in the war: one in which Lee commented “It is well war is so terrible lest we grow too fond of it,” and the other where he commented “He has lost his left arm but I have lost my right … I hardly know how to replace him.” We of course speak of the one sided victory at Fredericksburg and the dramatic but costly victory at Chancellorsville. Both battles are so central to the narrative of war in the east that we often fail to appreciate just what those battles meant to both the Confederates and the Northern leadership. Rick’s first talk is on the street fighting at Fredericksburg titled “Barksdale’s Brigade at Fredericksburg.” His second talk will be “Fighting Joe Hooker and his Army.”

Saturday, May 6th

This morning start at 8:30 with a trip to the Federal lines on Falmouth Heights. Here we will learn how new Union army commander, Ambrose Burnside stole a march on Robert E. Lee only to squander his advantage on the banks of the Rappahannock River. We will follow the evolution of the battle chronologically making multiple stops within the assaulting Federal and the defensive Confederate lines. The sprawl of the city has absorbed many of the killing fields in back yards; however, with a visit to the fully preserved Slaughter Pen on General Franklin’s front you will understand the futility of the Federal effort and the tragedy of that late autumn day. Lunch is included

Sunday, May 7th

Start at 8:30 AM. Fredericksburg and the aftermath resulted in the sacking of General Burnside who was replaced by a scheming but capable General Joseph Hooker. The transformation was remarkable and Hooker developed a really splendid plan that should have forced Lee to “Flee ingloriously or fight Hooker on ground of his own choosing.” Chancellorsville is a battle of tremendous potential and heroism. The day will barely allow us to follow the central axis of action and yet you will be haunted by one of America’s most sacred battlefields. Lee won the battle but his losses were irreplaceable. The South never really smiled again after Chancellorsville–behind it by less than two months was Gettysburg. Lunch is included. We will return to the hotel by 4 PM for dismissal. I think you will find this to be a really full and interesting program.


Rick Brittan is an award-winning historian who specializes in 18th and 19th century Virginia history. A much sought after speaker, he also conducts tours, illustrates books and teaches courses on central Virginia history. With over 200 published articles and essays and two book under his belt he is a master of his portfolio and an entertaining presenter.

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The hotel for this program is:

Best Western
2205 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-371-5050

Rate is $89.00 plus tax per night. Free hot breakfast included. Reservations are under Blue and Gray Education Society. Reservations must be made by April 5th to receive the group rate.

The hotel is located one mile off Rt. 95 and centrally located.


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