The Overland Campaign Part 2

North Anna & Cold Harbor
North Anna & Cold Harbor
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 8 Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Richmond Area Battlefield
  • $550Maximum 6 guests

Join a Historic Campaign on This Battles of North Anna & Cold Harbor Combo Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the battle of the North Anna and the battle of Cold Harbor.

We’re the only private battlefield guides who can take you to all of the major battles, actions, and sites of the last portion of the Overland Campaign before Ulysses S. Grant crosses the James River. The North Anna, the most overlooked Overland Campaign battle, is the hinge piece of the campaign.

Follow both armies as they spar and clash before they reach the Cold Harbor crossroad and entrench for a final bloody showdown.

Your North Anna tour will begin at Grant’s headquarters where you will learn how he plans to defeat Robert E. Lee who is behind the North Anna River; May 23-24, 1864.

See unique and rare sites at one of the fastest-growing battlefields in Virginia thanks to major battlefield preservation work over the last decade.

Learn about Lee’s plan to set a trap for Grant where he plans to Strike them a blow. See some of the best-preserved earthworks in Virginia as we explore Lee’s Inverted-V defenses of impressive earthworks.

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 portion 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.

We’ll take a 30-minute lunch break where your battlefield guide will give you a recommendation for a quick counter service location or restaurant if requested.

Afterward, travel to battlefield sites that led up to the battle of Cold Harbor; May 31-June 12, 1864. A good portion of your tour will take place off of the Cold Harbor National Park property.

Go to Haw’s Shop where a large cavalry action erupts as Grant crosses Pamunkey River.

Next travel to the Totopotomoy Creek battlefield where Grant will find Lee dug in a commanding ridge, blocking him from Richmond.

Later, follow both armies as movement shifts to the Cold Harbor crossroads, just 10 miles north of Richmond. Travel to the Cold Harbor National Park property where the center of the battlefield is preserved. See Confederate entrenched positions that will repulse Grant’s repeated attacks. Hear personal stories from both sides.

We will discuss how the battle is remembered as one of American history’s bloodiest, most lopsided battles.

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the battles of Spotsylvania Court House and Cold Harbor: The Overland Campaign Part 1 combo 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 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: The battles of North Anna and Cold Harbor 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 in front of the Carmel Baptist Church – By the Civil War Trails interpretive sign; 24320 Patriot Hwy, Ruther Glen, Va. 22546.
  • A comprehensive tour of the entire North Anna battlefield area
  • A 30-minute lunch break at a recommended location by your battlefield guide
  • Travel to the Cold Harbor battlefield with commentary
  • A comprehensive tour of the Cold Harbor battlefield area

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.


Related Tours

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.
Cold Harbor

Battle of Cold Harbor

The fourth and last Overland Campaign battle. Hear about Ulysses S. Grant’s repeated attacks against Confederate entrenched positions.