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After the fighting at Spotsylvania Court House in mid-May 1864, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant continued his Overland Campaign offensive against Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army until he was brought up short on the North Anna River by Lee’s “hog snout line.” This tour led by historian Ed Bearss follows the Union army’s advance to the river and focuses on the subsequent battles there.
Stops are made in the morning at Massaponax Church and Guinea Station, where participants visit the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. Subsequent visits are made to Milford, where the first significant clash of the campaign took place, and Mount Carmel Church, where the Union and Confederate plans were reviewed.
Following lunch at a nearby restaurant, the tour focuses on the 3-day confrontation of the armies along the North Anna River. Henagan’s Redoubt is visited before a walk on the Ox Ford area of the North Anna battlefield, and the tour closes with a visit to the Jericho Mill section of the site.
8:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St., S.W., with a pickup stop at the Horner Road commuter lot bus shelter, I-95 Exit 158B, at about 8:40 a.m.
Dress for battlefield walks on uneven ground. This tour requires a significant amount of standing and more than 1 mile of walking.