Spotsylvania, North Anna, & Cold Harbor
Wednesday-Saturday, October 24-27, 2018

Wednesday-Saturday, October 24-27, 2018

Enrollment fee is $550 (Does not include lodging)


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

In March 1864, President Lincoln promoted Ulysses S. Grant to Lt. General and placed him in command of all Union armies. Grant designed a major offensive on multiple fronts, sending General Sherman into Georgia, General Banks to the Red River, General Sigel into the Shenandoah Valley, and General Butler on the Virginia Peninsula south of Richmond. Grant accompanied General Meade's force which was assigned to strike General Robert E. Lee's troops on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, VA. On May 4, the Federals crossed the Rapidan River launching the Overland Campaign of 1864, pitting Grant and Lee against one another for the first time. This new tour will trace the armies as they maneuver and clash in a series of brutal engagements in a 5-week period following the Battle of Wilderness.

October 24, Wednesday       

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


October 25, Thursday    The Battle of Spotsylvania, May 8-21, 1864

Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Grant disengaged and continued his offensive movement towards Richmond, but General Lee was also on the move. The Confederates beat the Federals to a critical crossroads near the Spotsylvania courthouse and began entrenching. Over a two-week period, Grant made several failed attempts to break the Confederate line of earthworks that ran for over four miles, including a salient, dubbed the Mule Shoe. On May 21, Grant finally disengaged and started southeast towards the North Anna River in another attempt to turn Lee's right flank.  With over 31,000 combined casualties, Spotsylvania was the bloodiest battle of the Overland Campaign and the 3rd bloodiest battle of the Civil War, after Gettysburg and Chickamauga. 


October 26, Friday   The Battle of North Anna, May 23-26, 1864

Following the Battle of Spotsylvania, Grant's army once again lost the race to the next defensive position south of the North Anna River. From May 23-26, the armies clashed in a series of actions including Telegraph Road Bridge, Jericho Mills, and Hanover Junction. After two days of inconclusive skirmishing, Grant ordered another wide movement southeast.


Today's tour will also include a stop at Guinea Station to visit the site of General Stonewall Jackson's death.


October 27, Saturday    The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 31-June 12, 1864

General Sheridan's cavalry seized the crossroads at Cold Harbor on May 31. But the tail end of the Union column didn't reach the battle line until midnight on June 2.  This costly delay gave General Lee's men time to construct a 7-mile line of impressive earthworks from Totopotomoy Creek to the Chickahominy River. At dawn on June 3, the Union army made frontal assaults along the length of the line and were slaughtered at all points. Grant said of the battle in his memoirs, "I have always regretted that last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made....No advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained."


TOUR HOTEL BASE:  We have reserved a block of 35 rooms for 3 nights (October 24, 25, & 26) at the Fredericksburg Hospitality and Conference Center. The rate is:  $89 + tax including breakfast.  This special group rate applies until 2 weeks out 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: 1-540-786-8321

2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Group rate: $89+ per night

Breakfast is included in the rate

Reservation Code: CWT

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.

2018 TOURS:  The Maryland CampaignFredericksburg, Chancellorsville, & Wilderness

  Spotsylvania, North Anna, & Cold Harbor | 2019 TOURS: The Vicksburg Campaign  | Chickamauga & Chattanooga

Civil War Tours

Tel 301-676-4642

P.O. Box 416
Keedysville MD 21756