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Battle of Fredericksburg Visitors Center

By admin - Last updated: Monday, December 12, 2011

The Battle of Fredericksburg was a major battle of the American Civil War, fought through the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in the history books as December 11-15, 1862, but chiefly on December 13-14, 1862. Union General Ambrose Burnside threw his forces across the Rappahannock River, but he delayed too long and his troops were mowed down by those of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the heights above.

My Great Grandfather Samuel Wood, a member of 132nd division Pennsylvania Volunteers Regiment, fought and survived the battle. His younger brother Zachariah, 21 years old and a member of the 114th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known as Collis’ Zouaves, died in a Union camp hospital on December 12, from Typhoid fever. More soldiers died from disease than from wounds in the Civil War.

Several years ago, Radio Sweden sent me to a conference on audience research in Washington, and my friend Kim Elliott took me to visit the sites of the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. This is a T-shirt from the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park visitors center.


By admin - Last updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

“The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, who died the day after he was shot (traditionally he shot himself, more recently has come a theory that he was shot by accident by village boys), in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, outside Paris, in July 1890. The subject of the Don McLean song “Vincent”.

Bought at the Voyages au Temp de Impressionnistes museum in the village chateux, a wonderful museum about the Impressionist painters, many of whom like van Gogh stayed and painted in the village. This shortly after visiting the Maison de Van Gogh, the van Gogh museum in the inn where he lived during the last 10 weeks of life, a period during which he painted more than 70 paintings.

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