Fredericksburg in the Civil War
Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 2017

Thursday-Saturday, November 2-5, 2017

Enrollment fee is $550 (Does not include lodging)


Battlefield Guides:  Expert battlefield historian, Frank O’Reilly is scheduled to lead this tour. Legendary battlefield guide Edwin C. Bearss will accompany the tour as our special guest.

When the American Civil War broke out, Fredericksburg Virginia suddenly became of crucial strategic importance due to its location midway between Washington and Richmond, the opposing capitals of the Union and the Confederacy.  In the span of 18 months, five major battles were waged within a 15-mile radius of the town-- Two Battles of Fredericksburg and the Battles of Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. This special new tour will examine three of these significant engagements.


November 2, Thursday       

7:30 pm   Gather for an orientation and lecture by Frank O’Reilly at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center.


November 3, Friday    The Battle of Fredericksburg, December 11-15, 1862

General Burnside planned to cross the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg and then move on Richmond.  However, due to the delayed delivery of his pontoon bridges, Burnside’s army lost the element of surprise and gave General Robert E. Lee ample time to reinforce his troops on the heights behind town.  Despite this Burnside made the ill-fated decision to make a frontal assault.  On December 13, Union troops made fifteen futile charges against entrenched Confederate defenders on Marye’s Heights.  It was one of the most one-sided battles of the American Civil War, with Union casualties more than twice as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates. 


November 4, Saturday   The Battle of Chancellorsville, April 30-May 6, 1863

In the spring of 1863, General Joseph Hooker’s army arrived just west of Fredericksburg to accomplish what General Burnside had failed to do 4 months earlier. Chancellorsville is known as "General Lee's Greatest Victory" because he made the risky decision to divide his army in the presence of a much larger enemy force.  Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s surprise flank attack resulted in a stunning Confederate victory.  However, Lee sustained heavy casualties and the mortal wounding of “Stonewall” Jackson by friendly fire, a loss that Lee likened to losing his right arm.


November 5, Sunday                 The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864

The Battle of the Wilderness, was the first battle of General U.S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign against General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered devastating casualties. The battle was tactically inconclusive, however, this time instead of retreating back to Washington, Grant disengaged and continued his offensive movement towards Richmond...to the cheers of Union troops. It was the beginning of the end for Lee’s army. Eleven months later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.  


TOUR HOTEL BASE:  We have reserved a block of 35 rooms for 3 nights (November 2, 3, & 4) at the Fredericksburg Hospitality and Conference Center. The rate is:  $85 + tax including breakfast.  This special group rate applies until 2 weeks out (October 21) at which time any rooms in our reserved group block not sold, will be released and subsequent bookings will be based on availability and higher room rates may apply. 

Fredericksburg Hospitality and Conference Center 

Tel (540) 786-8321

2801 Plank Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22404

Group rate: $85+ per night

Reservation Code: Civil War Tours

What is Included in Tour Cost:
Expert Battlefield Guide Frank O'Reilly and a Tour Manager
• 3 lunches
• Motorcoach Transportation While on Tour (including driver's tip)
• Map Book
• Bottled Water and Soda on Bus

What is not Included in Tour Cost:
• Lodging
• Dinners
• Transportation to Fredericksburg, VA

*Ed Bearss' expenses are not included in the price of the tour as he is accompanying the tour as our special guest.

2017 TOURS:   Fort Donelson | Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, & Wilderness

2018 TOURS:  The Atlanta Campaign  | The Battle of Gettysburg | Maryland Campaign

Civil War Tours

Tel 301-676-4642

P.O. Box 416
Keedysville MD 21756