Embark on an in-depth tour of the Chancellorsville battlefield, a site of strategic brilliance during the Civil War, from May 1-3, 1863. This battle stands as one of Robert E. Lee’s most remarkable victories and significantly influenced American literature and military strategy.
Your tour begins at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, where you’ll delve into General Joseph Hooker’s takeover of the Union army following Fredericksburg’s battle. Learn about his plans for the spring campaign against Lee’s forces.
Next, visit the Chancellorsville crossroads, Hooker’s Union headquarters, and the Chancellor mansion ruins. Explore the Day One battle site, preserved in 2012, marking the battle’s initial skirmishes.
At Lee’s bivouac site, discover the details of the pivotal Crackerbox meeting between Lee and Stonewall Jackson, where they crafted their renowned flank attack strategy.
You’ll trace a segment of Jackson’s 16-mile Flank Attack March. For those interested, a custom tour extension is available to cover the entire route, including sections of dirt country roads.
The tour highlights Jackson’s famous Flank Attack on May 2, 1863, showcasing the Union XI Corps’ position and the dramatic efforts of the Union Buschbeck Line.
Visit the site of Jackson’s tragic wounding due to friendly fire and understand how this event critically impacted the battle.
The tour culminates on May 3, 1863, the Civil War’s bloodiest morning, with an unprecedented rate of casualties. This pivotal day influenced Lee’s decision to initiate the Gettysburg Campaign, marking a significant turn in the war.
Through this journey, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the Battle of Chancellorsville, its tactics, and its lasting impact on the Civil War’s trajectory.
This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the Battle of Fredericksburg, which preceded the battle on December 11-13, 1862.
If you’d like to visit multiple Civil War sites in one day, consider our American Civil War Combo Tours.
Let us show you the way as you relax and skip the self-guided tour hassle. Your own battlefield guide will meet you in front of the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.
After an introduction, your battlefield guide will join your vehicle as you depart to your first stop. It is recommended that the battlefield guide drive your vehicle so you can relax and enjoy the tour, but it’s up to you who drives.
Joining your vehicle keeps the cost down so you can see more battlefields with us.
Step-on battlefield guides are available for larger passenger vehicles (van or bus). For more information and prices, please contact us.
Note: Battle of Chancellorsville can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.