Battle of Cold Harbor Guided Tour

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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 4 Hours9:00 am or 1:00 pm
  • Richmond Area Battlefields
  • $340Maximum 6 guests

Join a Battle of Cold Harbor Tour Led by a Local Historian Guide

Embark on an in-depth tour of the Cold Harbor battlefield, a key event from May 31 to June 12, 1864, marking the final battle of General Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign before crossing the James River.

Your tour begins at the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center, where you’ll meet your guide. The introduction sets the stage for Robert E. Lee and Grant’s strategic maneuvers after leaving North Anna, moving closer to Richmond.

Visit the Haw’s Shop battlefield, the site of initial clashes in this phase of the campaign, where Union cavalry encountered Confederate forces by the Pamunkey River. Then, explore the Totopotomoy Creek battlefield, witnessing the strategic ridge Lee fortified against Grant, with views of the historic Shelton House, significant to both the Union Army and Patrick Henry.

The tour proceeds to the Cold Harbor crossroads, revealing the preserved battlefield and entrenched Confederate positions that thwarted Grant’s assaults. Experience personal stories from the conflict and understand why Cold Harbor is remembered as one of the bloodiest and most unequal battles in American history.

Conclude with insights into the American Battlefield Trust’s extensive preservation efforts in Virginia, highlighting the importance of Cold Harbor in Civil War history.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the Battle of North Anna Tour, the previous battle of the Overland Campaign; May 23-24, 1864.

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 Cold Harbor 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 Cold Harbor can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included on This Battle of Cold Harbor Guided Tour

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

What to Bring

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

What's Not Included

  • Vehicle
  • Food & drinks
  • Gratuities Optional


  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm in front of the Cold Harbor Battlefield Visitor Center; 5515 Anderson Wright Dr. Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
  • The tour goes beyond the National Park property at Cold Harbor
  • Discover the leadup to the battle at the Haw’s Shop and Totopotomoy Creek battlefields
  • See original Civil War earthworks at the Cold Harbor National Park property site
  • Cover Grant’s attacks against Confederate entrenchments leading to a bloody repulse

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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