Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Spotsylvania Court House
Spotsylvania Court House
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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 Spotsylvania Court House

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the battle of the Spotsylvania Court House; May 8-21, 1864.

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

Your private battlefield tour will start at the Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service where you will meet your own battlefield guide. Receive a tour introduction and hear about Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant racing to see who would possess the next vital crossroads leading to Richmond.

See where the opening shots of the battle took place at Laurel Hill on May 8, 1864.

Hear about the death of General John Sedgwick where they couldn’t hit an elephant from this distance! He would become the highest-ranking Union General to die in the Civil War.

We’ll see the site where Colonel Emory Upton led a heroic and innovative Union assault on the Lee’s Mule Shoe on May 10, 1864.  

Explore the infamous Mule Shoe where Robert E. Lee’s earthworks can still be seen today. While there, we’ll hear about the massive assault on May 12, 1864, which led to 22-hours of sustained hand-to-hand combat.

See the famous Bloody Angle where the fightings were the most intense and desperate.

We’ll see monuments left by those regiments who fought in and around the Mule Shoe.

Go to Lee’s Final Line, where the National Park Service has recreated a Civil War line of earthworks.

We’ll conclude with Grant’s decision to withdraw and move south towards Richmond where he will say “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer!” And the Overland Campaign will continue, to the North Anna.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the battle of the North Anna which is the next 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 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: Battle of Spotsylvania Court House 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 Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service; 9550 Grant Drive, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553.
  • Tour the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield on remote and pristine National Park property
  • Discover the second battle of Grant’s Overland Campaign
  • See original Civil War earthworks at Lee’s Mule Shoe defenses
  • Visit The Bloody Angle where the heaviest fighting took place

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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The Wilderness

Battle of The Wilderness

Next major battle after Gettysburg, known as the opening phase of Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign. Historians say, it’s the beginning of the end of the Confederacy.
North Anna

Battle of North Anna

The third battle of Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign. Robert E. Lee sets a trap for Ulysses S. Grant. See some of the best preserved Civil War earthworks.