Battle of Mine Run

Mine Run
Mine Run
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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 Mine Run Tour

Embark on a detailed tour of the Battle of Mine Run, a significant yet often overlooked event in Civil War history, spanning from November 26 to December 1, 1863.

Your journey begins at the Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter, managed by the National Park Service. Here, you’ll meet your expert guide and learn about General George Meade’s final 1863 campaign against Robert E. Lee’s army. Discover the strategic developments following the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg.

Explore the site of intense combat at Payne’s Farm, now preserved by the American Battlefield Trust. Delve into the battle’s unique historical context, part of the often-forgotten Fall of 1863.

Uncovering the Overlooked History of Mine Run: November 26-December 1, 1863

Learn about a famous Christmas Carol born from a poignant event during this battle, adding a human touch to the historical narrative.

The tour reveals the challenges of delays and confusion, echoing similar issues faced in the Battle of Fredericksburg. Witness Lee’s formidable defensive position along Mine Run Creek and discover how it made General Meade reconsider his strategies.

Join us in tracing the steps of General Gouverneur K. Warren, known as “The Savior of Little Round Top,” and discover his plan to outmaneuver Lee’s robust defenses.

Travel through the rural landscapes of Orange County, where remnants of the battle are still visible. This area is a focal point for ongoing battlefield preservation efforts.

This private tour provides a comprehensive understanding of Mine Run and sets the stage for subsequent battles like The Wilderness and Rappahannock Station, marking the beginning of the Overland Campaign in May 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 Wilderness 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: Battle of Mine Run 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


  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm at the Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service; 35347 Constitution Hwy, Orange, Va. 22160.
  • Tour the Mine Run battlefield area largely on American Battlefield Trust and Orange County property
  • Part of the Forgotten Fall of 1863
  • General George Meade’s last battle of 1863 before General Ulysses S. Grant comes east
  • The only tour around to go beyond the Payne’s Farm property

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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