The Rising Tide of the Confederacy Combination Tour

Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville
Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville
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  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 8 Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fredericksburg Area Battlefield
  • $550Maximum 6 guests

A Battle of Fredericksburg & Battle of Chancellorsville Combo Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Chancellorsville.

These two crucial Confederate victories prompted Robert E. Lee’s second invasion of the North, leading to the Gettysburg Campaign.

We’ll explore beyond Fredericksburg National Park, starting with the December 11, 1862, battle, featuring bombardment, river-crossing, and street fighting in historic Fredericksburg.

Next, we’ll visit Slaughter Pen Farm and Prospect Hill, key sites of the decisive December 13, 1862, actions. We’ll follow a Union brigade’s assault on the stone wall at Marye’s Heights and walk the Sunken Road, understanding a major Civil War defeat.

After a 30-minute lunch break, we’ll drive to Chancellorsville, tracing Lee’s battle route. We’ll see the May 1, 1863, opening actions, Hooker’s headquarters, and Lee’s planning site for Jackson’s Flank Attack.

Following Jackson’s March to the May 2, 1863, attack site, we’ll learn about his wounding during a night reconnaissance.

The tour’s climax is the May 3, 1863, battle, the Civil War’s bloodiest morning. Discover how Chancellorsville ended, leading to Lee’s Gettysburg Campaign.

Finally, we’ll return to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, discussing the rear action at Salem Church.

(This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the Battles of the Wilderness & Spotsylvania Court House: 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 at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.

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 Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included on This Battle of Fredericksburg & Battle of Chancellorsville Combo Tour

  • 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

Battle of Fredericksburg & Battle of Chancellorsville Tour Overview

  • Tour meets at 9:00 am at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center; 1013 Lafayette Blvd. Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
  • A comprehensive tour of the entire Fredericksburg battlefield area – December 11-13, 1863
  • A 30-minute lunch break at a recommended location by your battlefield guide
  • Travel to the Chancellorsville battlefield with commentary
  • A comprehensive tour of the entire Chancellorsville battlefield area – May 1-3, 1863

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.


Related Tours


Battle of Chancellorsville

One of Robert E. Lee’s greatest victories. Hear about Stonewall Jackson’s Flank Attack & the bloodiest morning in the Civil War.

Battle of Fredericksburg

This tour goes beyond the stone wall at Marye’s Heights. We’ll spend time around the town of Fredericksburg as well as Slaughter Pen Farm & Prospect Hill.