RCC-RILL pits Lee against Burnside

The latest of the popular Civil War courses taught by local historian Jon Stallard for the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) is “Lee v. Burnside, the Battle of Fredericksburg.” This three-session course will be held on September 16, 23, and 30 (Fridays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at RCC’s Warsaw Campus, Room 118.

“Lee v. Burnside, the Battle of Fredericksburg,” will be held September 16, 23, and 30, at RCC’s Warsaw Campus

In the snow and bitter cold of December 1862, the new Federal commander Ambrose Burnside threw his army across the Rappahannock in a desperate lunge toward Richmond. Robert E. Lee was entrenched and ready, and the ensuing fight involved the largest concentration of troops in any battle of the Civil War. This course examines the movements, motivations, and major personalities on both sides of the conflict.

Jon Stallard is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, history, and education from Virginia Commonwealth University. As well as being an author, lecturer, and genealogist, he is a co-owner and morning show co-host on WRAR Radio.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Lee v. Burnside, the Battle of Fredericksburg” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2016.