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Presenting "Engineers at Fredericksburg" will be Robert Girardi, author, historian and popular speaker on the Civil War.  (Photo provided)

The Salt Creek Civil War Roundtable and the Glen Ellyn Historical Society present an evening that focuses on the Civil War, featuring a program by guest speaker Rob Girardi on "Engineers at Fredericksburg.” It takes place Friday, Nov. 15, in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St.

Girardi will examine the personalities in the campaign and the factors that contributed to the defeat in December 1862. Major Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside led the Army of the Potomac in an ill-fated campaign against the Army of Northern Virginia, along the line of the Rappahannock River. Audience members will hear the story of how Burnside's plan unraveled, and the description of the first amphibious assault in U.S. history.

Civil War-related books and collectibles will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit both organizations, and donations now are being accepted at the history center.

Program admission is free to members of GEHS and Salt Creek Civil War Roundtable. General admission costs $5 for adults, and is free to students. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 630-469-1867. or call 630-469-1867.