Battle of Fredericksburg

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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 Fredericksburg Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the battle of Fredericksburg, December 11-13, 1862.

There is much more to the battlefield and the story than the stone wall at Marye’s Heights. We’ll go beyond the Fredericksburg National Park property in order to better understand this epic story.

Your tour will take you to the historic city of Fredericksburg, which still maintains its charm and character from the times of the Civil War. Many wartime structures and historic architecture can still be seen today.

Explore the Fascinating Story of Fredericksburg’s Civil War Battlefield

Along the riverbanks of the Rappahannock River, you will learn more about a bombardment of the entire town by Union artillery which preceded a river crossing by Federal troops.

Experience what it was like to be part of the street fighting in some of the earliest urban warfare of the Civil War.

Learn about the looting of Fredericksburg and the civilian wartime experience.

We’ll take you to the lower portion of the battlefield where the most decisive military action of the battle occurred at Slaughter Pen Farm. Preserved by the American Battlefield Trust, it’s one of the largest single battlefield purchases in American history.  

Later we’ll see a large collection of cannons at Prospect Hill where the battle hung in the balance. Along the way to Robert E. Lee’s headquarters, you’ll see amazing preserved Civil War earthworks.

The climax of the tour is following a Union brigade as they assault the Confederate-held stone wall at Marye’s Heights. We’ll play battlefield detective as much of Bloody Plain remains hidden under a turn-of-the-century neighborhood. Finally, you’ll walk the famous Sunken Road and have a better understanding of one of the largest lopsided defeats of the Civil War.  

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the Battle of Chancellorsville, which is the next battle that happened on May 1-3, 1863.

If you’d like to visit multiple battlefields on the same tour, consider booking one of 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 at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center; in front of the museum shop building off of the back parking lot. 

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 Fredericksburg can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included

  • Professional & qualified local battlefield guide
  • Locate ancestor’s regiment on the battlefield With advance notice only
  • A 15% discount on purchases of $50 and above at the Fredericksburg 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


  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center; in front of the museum shop building off of the back parking lot – 1013 Lafayette Blvd. Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
  • Tour the entire Fredericksburg battlefield area
  • Go beyond the National Park property at Marye’s Heights
  • Discover much of the battlefield in and around the historic city of Fredericksburg and see historic architecture
  • Visit the lower portion of the battlefield at Slaughter Pen Farm and Prospect Hill
  • See Marye’s Heights and the stone wall

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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