Battle of Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville
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Chancellorsville
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 4 Hours9:00 am or 1:00 pm
  • Fredericksburg Area Battlefield
  • $300Maximum 6 guests

Join a Historic Campaign on This Battle of Chancellorsville Tour

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.

Explore the Fascinating History of Chancellorsville

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 a Local Battlefield Guide Show You the Way

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.

What's Included

  • Professional & qualified local battlefield guide
  • Locate ancestor’s regiment on the battlefieldWith advance notice only
  • 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

  • Vehicle
  • Visit to the Battlefield Visitor Center museum, film, and gift shop
  • Food & drinks
  • Gratuities Optional

Overview

  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm in front of the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.
  • Tour the Chancellorsville battlefield area largely on National Park property
  • Visit the Day-One site preserved by the American Battlefield Trust
  • Join Stonewall Jackson’s famous Flank Attack
  • See the location 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 steps from the vehicle (no hiking involved)
  • Tour can accommodate those with mobility challenges
  • Traveling between stops has commentary
  • The tour continues in all weather conditions as adjustments can be made to make everyone comfortable
  • We can locate an ancestor’s unit on the battlefield for no additional charge by simply giving us their unit’s information, for example, 10th New York regiment – Advance notice of a week or more is advised to better prepare.

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