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After a COVID-related hiatus of a couple years, the annual Memorial Day Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery returned last night.
I’ve just returned from Fredericksburg National Cemetery’s annual Luminaria, a stirring and inspiring commemoration event. I’ll have a couple photos to share tomorrow morning. On a personal level, the Luminaria was always an opportunity to see my friend Jon Maiellano … Continue reading
Some ECW authors had a moment of memory and nostalgia a few weeks ago when Fredericksburg National Cemetery’s Luminaria came up in conversation. A few had early public history experiences planning or helping with that event!
I heard on Wednesday that 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a startling statistic that brought to mind Joseph Stalin’s infamous alleged quote, “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths … Continue reading
The wagons rolling into Fredericksburg never seemed to stop. Mary Caldwell, an inhabitant of the town, wrote in her diary, “The road near the fair grounds seems to be literally covered.” They were filled with broken and bloodied bodies, the … Continue reading
Every so often, I am reminded in the most delightful of ways that the battlefields we love are not just historic sites but habitats. The other day, my 3.5-year-old son Maxwell and I were walking along the top of Marye’s … Continue reading
There is a terraced cemetery overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over 15,000 U.S. personnel are buried there, making it one of the largest cemeteries outside of Arlington in the National Cemetery System. Many of the men on that hill died trying to … Continue reading