Battle of The Wilderness Battlefield Tour

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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 Us for a Guided Battle of the Wilderness Tour

Take a comprehensive tour of the Battle of the Wilderness Battlefield, May 5-6, 1864.

The Battle of the Wilderness was the next major battle after Gettysburg and is known as the opening phase of Grant’s Overland Campaign. It was the first battle between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. Some historians will say it was the beginning of the end of the Confederacy.  

Your private battlefield tour will start at the Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service, where you will meet your battlefield guide. Receive a tour introduction and hear about General Grant coming east with a plan to end the war for President Lincoln.   

Discover the fascinating history of the Battle of the Wilderness…

See the opening shots of the battle and the Overland Campaign, Saunder’s Field, on May 5, 1864. While there, view the original Civil War earthworks still standing today!

We’ll stop at the Brock Road / Plank Road intersection, where some of the most intense and desperate fights took place both days. Learn how Grant’s big plan for the second day on May 6, 1864, was to land a hammering blow to Lee’s right wing with General Winfield Hancock’s combined forces.

Then, we’ll take you to Tapp Field, where the fate of the Confederacy hung in the balance. We’ll learn about the famous Lee to the rear! moment with the arrival of the famous Texas Brigade on the field.

In various portions of the tour, you will be surrounded by the forest of the Wilderness, where a new form of combat was waged in the woods. Confusion reigned supreme in the woods, where it was difficult to maneuver and navigate. A new hell on the battlefield was experienced when wildfires erupted.

Learn about Grant’s decision to withdraw from the Wilderness and head south on the road to Richmond, where there will be no turning back!

This private battlefield tour pairs nicely with the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House which is the next battle of the Overland Campaign; May 8-21, 1864.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

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 Wilderness 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 The Wilderness 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 Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter – National Park Service; 35347 Constitution Hwy, Orange, Va. 22160.
  • Tour the Wilderness battlefield area largely on National Park property
  • Learn about the first battle between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant
  • Discover the opening of the Overland Campaign
  • Visit the woods where much of the fighting took place
  • Explore an area where wildfires raged through part of the battlefield and see original Civil War earthworks

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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