Experience Fredericksburg History as a 1862 Soldier

July 16, 2012 by

Civil War buffs can now experience Fredericksburg history as a 1862 soldier. It’s a four-day package designed to take you back in history, away from your laptop and smart phone and plunk you into an actual Civil War fort called a Redoubt.

Living as a 1862 Soldier

When you sign up for this four-day package in Fredericksburg, Virginia, you’ll experience Civil War life as a soldier in 1862. Uniforms will be provided, and you’ll be schooled in tactical training and engineering of the era. This includes target practice with weapons used in the Civil War as well as being drilled just like they were.

Meals will be enjoyed around the camp fire, and soldiers will sleep in authentic replicas of Civil War winter huts. It’s just like the real deal. No running water, which means you’ll have to haul it. It’s not easy by any means, but it’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience living history.

The 4-day package includes 2 nights living as a 1862 solider in a Civil War fort without amenities followed by 2 nights in a regional hotel where modern amenities will seem like luxuries.

Battle of Fredericksburg

Battle of Fredericksburg 1862

The Battle of Fredericksburg unfolded in an area on the east by the Rappahannock River. The river separated Confederate and Union forces and proved to be a barrier until December 11, when Union engineers laid five pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock while under fire. The following day, the Federal army crossed those bridges and the ensuing battle resulted in staggering casualties including four generals; two from each side.

Pontoon Bridges

Other Perks

When you sign up to experience Fredericksburg history as a 1862 soldier, along with experiencing 1862 solider life first hand, you’ll get to enjoy perks like touring 4 battlefields, visiting auxiliary sites like Jackson Shrine, Chatham, and Elwood, and modern treats like a VIP Dining Card. It’s a unique opportunity to live out Civil War history.

Unlike the real Civil War, to be a soldier in this school you have to be 18 or older unless special arrangements are made ahead of time.

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