Civil War Earthworks

Spotsylvania Court House & North Anna
FromUSD$360
Spotsylvania Court House & North Anna
FromUSD$360
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 8 Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fredericksburg Area Battlefield
  • $360Maximum 6 guests

Join a Historic Campaign on This Battles of Spotsylvania Court House & North Anna Combo Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the battle of Spotsylvania Court House and the battle of North Anna.

If you’re interested in earthworks and fortifications, then this tour is for you! We’ll see some of the best-preserved Civil War earthworks in Central Virginia. Both consecutive battles took place during Commanding General Ulysses S. Grant Overland Campaign where the culture of both armies was to build earthworks whenever they stopped in order to preserve lives.

We’ll travel to the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield which is the most remote and pristine of the Fredericksburg area battlefields. While there, we’ll see where the opening shots took place at Laurel Hill on May 8, 1864.

We’ll discover how both sides will start to construct earthworks. Walk the Confederate’s formidable Mule Shoe defenses where impressive earthworks can still be seen today.

The tour will follow the Union assault on the Mule Shoe on May 10, 1864, with Upton’s assault and the largest Federal attack on May 12, 1864, which saw 22 hours of sustained hand-to-hand combat. See where the most desperate fighting occurred at the infamous Bloody Angle. See Robert E. Lee’s final line of earthwork defenses.

Take a closer look at the historic village of Spotsylvania Court House. Follow the armies as Commanding General Grant moves south and see where he and General George G. Meade will stop at Massaponax Church; the site of a famous photograph taken by Timothy O’Sullivan.

Travel 30-minutes to the North Anna battlefield area with commentary and take a 30-minute lunch break, where your battlefield guide can give you some recommendations.

Your North Anna tour will begin at Grant’s headquarters where you will learn how he plans to defeat Lee who is behind the North Anna River.

See unique and rare sites at one of the fastest-growing battlefields in Virginia thanks to major battlefield preservation work over the last decade.

Learn about Robert E. Lee’s plan to set a trap for Grant where he plans to strike them a blow. See some of the best-preserved earthworks in Virginia as we explore Lee’s inverted-v defenses of impressive earthworks.

Note: A challenging 2-mile hike over inclining and declining ground is required in order to see these earthworks.

The tour will travel 30-minutes back to Fredericksburg with commentary and end at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.

If you enjoy exploring new and exciting Civil War sites not often seen by others, then this tour is for you! A local battlefield guide will show you some rare gems on the battlefield. We’re the only local battlefield guides who give a comprehensive tour of the North Anna.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the battles of Cold Harbor & The Seven Days Battles which are part of the Richmond area battlefields.

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 Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service.

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: The battles of Spotsylvania Court House and North Anna 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 and 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 at the Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service; 9550 Grant Drive, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553.
  • A comprehensive tour of the entire Spotsylvania Court House battlefield area
  • A 30-minute lunch break at a recommended location by your battlefield guide
  • Travel to the North Anna battlefield with commentary
  • tour of the entire North Anna battlefield area

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.
  • One portion of the tour requires a challenging 2-mile round-trip hike with steps and inclines/declines. This part of the tour can be replaced with another alternative tour activity if need be. Please let us know your physical ability in advance of the tour.
  • This tour is not suitable for those with any mobility or medical 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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