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Civil War lecture series to discuss Battle of Fredericksburg

By From staff reports
Published in News on November 25, 2012 1:50 AM

The Battle of Fredericksburg will be the topic of the seventh talk in the Foundation of Wayne Community College's series of lectures on American Civil War battles.

Lynn Bull, a retired social studies teacher, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Moffatt Auditorium in the Wayne Learning Center at the college.

Bull will discuss the five-day offensive in and around Fredericksburg, Va., in December 1862. The battle resulted in the loss of two generals on each side of the conflict, claimed more than twice as many casualties on the Union side as from the Confederate Army, and was considered a victory for the Confederacy.

Wayne County soldiers were in the front lines of the Confederate Army during the battle.

A graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor's degree in history, Bull taught at Goldsboro High School for 16 years and is a former program coordinator at Bentonville Battleground. He had a speaking part in the 2003 film "Gods and Generals," which depicted portions of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

The educator's Civil War re-enacting hobby led him to begin sewing uniforms and tents. That pastime has earned him requests to reproduce uniforms for the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Quartermasters Museum, and he created tents for the movies "Matewan" and "Ironweed" as well as a marquis (sleeping tent) for a CBS television series on George Washington.

On Dec. 11, Randy Sauls, a founder of the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association, will speak on "The Battle of Goldsborough Bridge." The Foundation will soon announce the next lectures in the series, which will continue in 2013.

The lectures are free and open to the public with no reservations or registrations required.

For more information, contact the Foundation at 919-739-7007 or awnorthington@waynecc.edu.