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

A 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 covering all major battles and sites of the Overland Campaign’s final phase before Ulysses S. Grant crosses the James River. The North Anna, often overlooked, is a crucial part of the campaign. Follow both armies as they spar and clash before reaching Cold Harbor for a final, bloody showdown.

Your North Anna tour begins at Grant’s headquarters, where you’ll learn about his plans to defeat Robert E. Lee, who is positioned behind the North Anna River from May 23-24, 1864. You’ll visit unique and rare sites on one of Virginia’s fastest-growing battlefields, thanks to significant preservation efforts over the last decade.

Discover Lee’s strategy to trap Grant and see some of Virginia’s best-preserved earthworks in Lee’s Inverted-V defenses. Note that visiting these defenses involves a challenging 2-mile round-trip hike with steps and inclines, unsuitable for those with mobility or medical issues. Alternative tour activities are available; please inform us of your physical abilities in advance.

After a 30-minute lunch break with dining recommendations, we’ll visit key sites leading up to the Battle of Cold Harbor (May 31-June 12, 1864), including Haw’s Shop, where a large cavalry action took place, and Totopotomoy Creek, where Lee blocked Grant from Richmond. Finally, we’ll explore

Cold Harbor National Park, seeing entrenched Confederate positions and hearing personal stories from both sides, discussing why this battle is remembered as one of American history’s bloodiest and most lopsided.

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 on This Battles of North Anna & Cold Harbor Combo Tour

  • 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

Battles of North Anna & Cold Harbor Combo Tour Overview

  • 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 Battlefield Tour

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 Guided Tour

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