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Fredericksburg 155th Anniversary Book Signings
December 9 @ 11:00 am - December 10 @ 3:00 pm
The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center Bookstore will host two book signing events in conjunction with the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Local historian John Cummings will sign his book “Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Through Time” from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and author Chris Mackowski will sign copies of his book (co-authored with Kris White) “Simply Murder” from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.
The bookstore is located at 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Saturday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
John Cummings will sign copies of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Through Time.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County is a region steeped in the history of our early nation, further punctuated by the defining, tragic drama of the American Civil War. Here was the boyhood playground of our first President, George Washington, as well as four tragic battlefields that would yield over 100,000 casualties during an eighteen-month nightmare. The depredations of this war produced a pall over the countryside that wore heavily on the local citizenry for generations.
This volume sets out to demonstrate not only the lasting tangibility of prominent landmarks of this eventful past, but also the starkly contrasting disappearance of vernacular structure, the homes and workplaces of the common man.
Visual historian John Cummings brings together some remarkable combinations of then and now journalistic imagery. His intent is go to beyond a “pretty picture book” of stately homes and florid gardens. The reader will also find an exploration of the identification process employed to solve some long-standing photographic mysteries.
Sunday, December 10, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Chris Mackowski will sign copies of Simply Murder.
They melted like snow on the ground, one officer said—wave after wave of Federal soldiers charging uphill across an open muddy plain. Confederates, fortified behind a stone wall along a sunken road, poured a hail of lead into them as they charged . . . and faltered . . . and died. “I had never before seen fighting like that, nothing approaching it in terrible uproar and destruction,” said one eyewitness to the slaughter. “It is only murder now.”
The battle of Fredericksburg is usually remembered as the most lopsided Union defeat of the Civil War. It is sometimes called “Burnside’s folly,” after Union commander Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside who led the Army of the Potomac to ruin along the banks of the Rappahannock River. But the battle remains one of the most misunderstood and misremembered engagements of the war. Burnside started with a well-conceived plan and had every reason to expect victory. How did it go so terribly wrong?
Authors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White have worked for years along Fredericksburg’s Sunken Road and Stone Wall, and they’ve escorted thousands of visitors across the battlefield. Simply Murder not only recounts Fredericksburg’s tragic story of slaughter, but includes invaluable information about the battlefield itself and the insights they’ve learned from years of walking the ground.
Simply Murder can be enjoyed in the comfort of one’s living room or as a guide on the battlefield itself. It is also the first release in the new “Emerging Civil War Series,” which offers compelling and easy-to-read overviews of some of the Civil War’s most important battles and issues.
About the Author: Chris Mackowski is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. He also works as a historian with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. He’s the author of books on the battles of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness, and his writing has appeared in several national magazines. He blogs regularly for Scholars and Rogues.