160th Anniversary of Chancellorsville Special Event

Past Event: April 22, 2023
Past Event: April 22, 2023
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  • Guided Bus Tour With stops in each location
  • 4 Hours1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Chancellorsville Battlefield
  • $99

Join a Special Tour with the Author on the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville

Join Battlefield Tours of Virginia for a very special book signing and tour event commemorating the 160th Anniversary of the Chancellorsville battle on Saturday, April 22. Presented in collaboration with Eastern National, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience.

We are thrilled to have Michael C. Hardy, award-winning author of General Lee’s Immortals, from Savas Beatie Publishing as our featured author of the day. In the morning, Michael will sign his books at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the author and purchase his books.

Plus, those booking a tour will receive a 15% discount on Eastern National purchases of $50 and above.

After the book signing, Michael C. Hardy will lead an afternoon bus tour of the Chancellorsville battlefield from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. The tour will focus on Lane’s Brigade, a group of North Carolinians that was part of A.P. Hill’s famous “Light Division.”

Lane’s Brigade was responsible for the fateful wounding of “Stonewall” Jackson on the evening of May 2, 1863. The brigade also opened the Confederate attack at dawn on May 3, 1863, which led to one of General Robert E. Lee’s greatest victories.

The bus tour will start just 10 minutes from the visitor center. The bus will leave from the Civil War interpretive signs at the Harrison Crossing Shopping Center next to the Home Depot (garden center side) at 5771 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a celebrated author and tour the historic Chancellorsville battlefield on the 160th anniversary of the battle.

Discover the incredible story of General Lee's Immortals

The Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865, was led by Lawrence Branch and later by James H. Lane. This brigade fought in almost every major battle in the Eastern Theater, including the Seven Days’ Battles, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Overland Campaign, and the final retreat to Appomattox.

Originally part of A.P. Hill’s famous “Light Division,” the Branch-Lane Brigade was recognized for its disciplined defense, hard-hitting attacks, and incredible marching abilities. However, its heavy combat exposure led to devastating losses, with the roll call of casualties far exceeding the number of survivors by the war’s end.

Author Michael C. Hardy’s General Lee’s Immortals is a fascinating account based on years of research and grounded on an impressive foundation of sources. The men of the Branch-Lane Brigade speak for themselves as they describe their time in camp, endless hardships, long marches, bloody battles, increasing hunger, and much more.

This well-written and engrossing account is further enhanced by a dozen original maps and scores of rare photos, many of which were previously unpublished.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of General Lee’s Immortals and experience the trials and triumphs of this heroic brigade. Order your copy of General Lee’s Immortals today.

Meet the Author of General Lee's Immortals

Civil War historian and author Michael C Hardy

Meet Michael C. Hardy, a historian passionate about untold stories. For over thirty years, Michael has dedicated his study to people, places, and events too often overlooked in grand, sweeping historical narratives.

Michael has published 25 books, and his articles have appeared in various national magazines. His contributions to Civil War Talk Radio and Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War on the American Heroes Channel demonstrate his expert knowledge of American history.

In 2010, Michael was recognized for his contributions to North Carolina’s history and was named the North Carolina Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians. In 2018, his book General Lee’s Immortals was awarded the James I. Robertson, Jr., Literary Prize for its in-depth portrayal of the Branch-Lane Brigade.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has called western North Carolina his home since 1995. Join him on a journey through history and experience the fascinating stories he has to tell. Order one of his books today and discover a new perspective on American history.

Supporting Battlefield Preservation

We are practitioners of and believers in sustainable tourism. That means we invest a portion of all ticket proceeds back into the battlefields we tour and beyond. This ensures that the hallowed ground – these places we treasure and love to share with others – are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

A few of Battlefield Tours of Virginia’s preservation partners include the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust and the American Battlefield Trust.

What's Included

  • Award-winning author for battlefield guide
  • Vehicle transportation
  • A 15% discount on purchases of $50 and above at the Chancellorsville National Park Battlefield Museum gift shop

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bottled water
  • Jacket & umbrella
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Hat & light clothes
  • Insect repellant

What's Not Included

  • Food & drinks


  • Tour meets at 1:00pm at the Civil War interpretive sins at the Harrison Crossing Shopping Center next to the Home Depot (garden center side) 5771 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407
  • Tour the Chancellorsville battlefield area largely on National Park property
  • Discover one of Robert E. Lee’s greatest victories.
  • March with Lane’s Brigade with an award-winning author
  • Join Stonewall Jackson’s famous Flank Attack
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of “Stonewall” Jackson’s wounding.
  • Learn about the bloodiest morning of the Civil War

Special Notes

  • The minimum recommended age is 10 years old.
  • The tour makes multiple stops and gets out of the vehicle
  • Walking at stops is minimal, usually not far from the vehicle
  • Traveling between stops has commentary
  • The tour continues in all weather conditions as adjustments can be made to make everyone comfortable

Presented in Collaboration With

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Unmissable Civil War tours with Battlefield Tours of Virginia

Even if you cannot join us for our special 160th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville event, you may wish to consider joining us for one of our American Civil War tours in Virginia.

In addition to the 14 options available in our core selection of tours, we also offer combo Civil War tours. And we can craft custom battlefield tours for visitors who wish to enjoy an experience focused on a particular aspect of the war or study topic.

If you have any questions about our tours and services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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