Southern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns Guided Tour

Southern Shenandoah Valley
Southern Shenandoah Valley
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 8 Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefields
  • $640Maximum 6 guests

An Unmissable Southern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns Tour Led by a Historian

Embark on a tour of pivotal Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley, a region long known by Native Americans as the “Daughter of the Stars.” This day trip covers significant sites from the 1862 and 1864 campaigns, where North and South clashed over strategic points crucial to Confederate supply lines and Union efforts to threaten Washington D.C.

The journey starts with the 1864 battle of New Market, where Confederate General Breckinridge called upon Virginia Military Institute cadets in a critical fight against Union forces. This battle was part of Grant’s strategy to secure the valley alongside his Overland Campaign.

After a scenic lunch break in the valley, the tour proceeds to the battle of Piedmont, where Union General David Hunter’s advance on Staunton in 1864 was contested fiercely by Confederate forces under General William “Grumble” Jones.

Enjoy Visits to the Cross Keys and Port Republic Battlefields…

The final stops are Cross Keys and Port Republic, key battles of Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 campaign. Despite being outnumbered, Jackson’s tactics led to victories that contributed significantly to Confederate efforts, setting the stage for the defense of Richmond.

Experience these historic sites, largely untouched and preserved, for a genuine glimpse into America’s past, all set against the backdrop of the stunning Shenandoah Valley.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with our Northern Shenandoah Campaigns Tour.

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 New Market State Historical Park, in front of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.

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 Southern Shenandoah Valley Campaigns 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

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 at the New Market State Historical Park, in front of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War; 8895 George Collins Pkwy, New Market, Va. 22844.
  • Tour 4 different Southern Valley battlefields from 3 different campaigns in 1862 and 1864.
  • Cross Keys; June 8, 1862
  • Port Republic, June 9, 1862
  • Piedmont; June 5, 1864
  • New Market; May 15, 1864

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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