JUNE 14 (Tuesday): arrive Richmond, Virginia, and check into our headquarters hotel (Homewood Suites). We’ll kick things off that night (6:30 p.m.) in the Madison Room (hotel meeting room) with a pizza/beer/wine reception (food and beverages are included in your registration). Meet your host & tour guide, pick up your map packet and other registration information, and hear a presentation by our special guest speaker, Gregory A. Mertz. Greg was a supervisory historian for more than two decades at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP, and authored 4 feature articles on the Wilderness and Spotsylvania for Blue & Gray Magazine. Greg will set the stage for our upcoming tours with a talk intriguingly entitled, "Longstreet's Corps Riding Mules and Meade's Army Targeting Raleigh? — Planning for the 1864 Campaign."
JUNE 15 (Wednesday):
The Battle of the WILDERNESS, May 5–6, 1864.
Stops include Grant's Headquarters, Germanna Ford, Wilderness Tavern Site, Ellwood Manor, Saunders Field, Higgerson Farm, Chewning Farm, Tapp Field, Longstreet's Wounding, Brock Road–Plank Road intersection, site of Todd's Tavern.
JUNE 16 (Thursday):
The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House, and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7–12, 1864, Stops include: Laurel Hill, Upton's Road, Bloody Angle, Harrison House, McCoull House site, East Face of Salient, Heth's Salient, Lee's Last Line, Fredericksburg Road, Harris Farm, Massaponax Church, Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery, Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart's Line, Lomax Attacked, Sheridan's Advance, Wickham's Line, J.E.B. Stuart Monument
JUNE 17 (Friday):
To the North Anna River, Grant and Lee, May 13–25, 1864, Stops include: Mt. Carmel Church, Long Creek, Henagan's Redoubt, Noel's Station, Confederate Line, Hanover Junction, Fox House
JUNE 18 (Saturday):
Cold Harbor, May 26–June 3, 1864, and On to Petersburg, June 4-15, 1864, Stops include: Shelton House, Rural Plains, Cold Harbor Visitor Center, Confederate Turnout, Union Turnout, Cold Harbor Road, Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Garthright House.
Tour Cost: $785.00
Included in your registration: battle map booklet/program, a seat on our luxury motor coach, entrance fees to any museums or other pay sites, all tours, professional coordination and assistance by your on-board tour host, and the services of our indispensable, expert guide. Also included: box lunch each tour day, bottled water on the bus, and the opening night pizza/beer/wine reception, and guest speaker presentation.
To pay by check or money order, mail payment to:
Woodbury Historical Tours
PO Box 60085
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Homewood Suites, 5996 Audubon Dr, Sandston, VA 23150. The hotel offers free airport shuttle, as well as a complimentary hot breakfast. The (base) room rate is $129 for a King Suite (king bed, sofa bed, kitchenette). Our room block is set for 4 nights (June 14-17), but you can include Saturday night (June 18) at the same rate, if you plan to stay over after the tour ends Saturday afternoon.
Lodging is not included in the tour registration; you are not required to stay at our headquarters hotel (you need only be sure to board the bus each morning before our 8:15 a.m. departure time). Itinerary is subject to change as circumstances dictate.
Read an essay on the 1864 Overland Campaign by Gordon Rhea, published in the American Battlefield Trust's, "Hallowed Ground," Spring 2014. The Overland Campaign, some 40-odd days of maneuver and combat between the Rapidan and James Rivers, pitted the Civil War’s premier generals — Lt. Gen Ulysses S. Grant for the Union, and Gen. Robert E. Lee for the Confederacy — against one another in a grueling contest of endurance and guile. Click HERE to read in full.
COVID PROTOCOLS: beginning with our fall 2021 tours, all registrants (as well as our tour guide and bus driver) will be required to show proof of vaccination. Additionally, in the interests of safety, we'll follow CDC, state, and local COVID guidelines and recommendations for group gatherings that may be in effect at the time of the tour (to include, if required, wearing of face coverings, and social distancing).