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Current Civil War Studies Newsletter Article
Our founding fathers’ dream for a canal linking the Chesapeake Bay ports to the western territories of Ohio and beyond was the equivalent of our generation’s dream to land on the moon. Like the space program, the vision for the C&O Canal was to facilitate travel, communication, and commerce between people and places. But unlike the space program, it fell far short of those goals.
Strategically located midway between the opposing capitals of Washington and Richmond, Fredericksburg saw a devastating battle early in the war, followed by three years of brutal activity in the surrounding countryside. Civil War historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss explore the city’s dramatic wartime history.