Battle of North Anna Battlefield Tour

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

Enjoy a Memorable, Guided Battle of North Anna Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the Battle of the North Anna, which was fought May 23-24, 1864.

The Battle of the North Anna is the next battle of Grant’s Overland Campaign immediately after the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.  

Your private battlefield tour of the North Anna will start at the Carmel Baptist Church, where you will meet your own battlefield guide. Receive a tour introduction and hear about Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant’s exhausted armies as they make their way closer to Richmond.

Visit General Grant’s headquarters, where he hears word from his friend General William Sherman about the fall of Atlanta, and see where the opening shots of the battle took place at Hennigan’s Redoubt on May 23, 1864, along the North Anna River.

Visit the historic Fox House…

Take a peek at the historic Fox House, where General Lee heard the opening shots of the battle.

Go to the vicinity of Jericho Mills where General Gouverneur K. Warren, The Savior of Little Round Top, was trying to cross the North Anna River. Warren would go on to get the surprise of his life when a very aggressive Confederate attack tried to push his force back into the river!

We’ll also hear about how this is the fastest-growing battlefield in Virginia as the American Battlefield Trust, National Park Service, and Hanover County have acquired various portions of the battlefield in less than 20 years.

Hike General Lee’s Inverted-V defenses and see some of Central Virginia’s best-preserved Civil War earthworks. As you survey the earthworks, you’ll learn about how Grant’s army proceeded unknowingly into a trap Robert E. Lee had set for them.

The tour will conclude at Hanover Junction, where two major Confederate railroads intersect, and we will learn the fate of both sides.

Note: Robert E. Lee’s Inverted-V defenses require a challenging 2-mile round-trip hike with steps and inclines/declines. It is not for those with any mobility or medical challenges. This tour portion can be replaced with another alternative tour activity if needed. Please let us know your physical ability before the tour. 

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the Battle of Cold Harbor, which is the next Battle of the Overland Campaign, May 31-June 12, 1864.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

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 Carmel Baptist Church.

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 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


  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm in front of the Carmel Baptist Church – By the Civil War Trails interpretive sign; 24320 Patriot Hwy, Ruther Glen, Va. 22546.
  • Discover the third battle of Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign
  • Hike Robert E. Lee’s Inverted-V defenses where he plans to spring a trap
  • See the best-preserved original Civil War earthworks in Central Virginia
  • Learn about Lee’s last best chance to stop Grant before he reaches Richmond

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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