Gordon, the preeminent chronicler of the 1864 Overland Campaign, will conduct a walking tour of every foot (or very nearly so) of designated Park Service trails on the Wilderness and Spotsylvania battlefields (two full days on each), interpreting the ground as we go. This is a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive, ground-level view of the two opening battles in the monumental clash between Grant and Lee, in conversation with the most knowledgeable guide available.
Battlefield tour itineraries are often abbreviated or condensed in order to fit in all of the highlights, and to cover as much ground in whatever timeframe is allotted. There's rarely enough time to see everything. The idea for this tour came about on our recent four-day Overland Campaign excursion. While we saw a great deal, too many times Gordon was compelled to pause along a path and say something to the effect of, "if we had more time, I would take you to the end of this trail to see the earthworks in the woods." To remedy that, we determined to create a new tour devoting two full days to the Wilderness, and two more days to Spotsylvania, and make a proper hike of every trail in the system.
The tour will be headquartered at a Fredericksburg hotel (details to be posted shortly). Registration will include opening night "pizza reception" in our hotel conference room, and a presentation by Gordon setting the stage for the touring to follow. Also included: four full days of battlefield tours, transportation, and box lunches for each day.
Registration includes opening night Pizza Reception and presentation, and a seat on the bus for all four days of battlefield tours. Also included: 4 box lunches (picnic on the battlefield). Lodging is not included.
Above: Gordon Rhea leading our group during a visit to Spotsylvania, June, 2022 ("The Overland Campaign" tour).