Tour of the Wilderness: April 13-14, 2024, with Battlefield Guides Jim Hessler and Chris Army
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Tour of the Wilderness: April 13-14, 2024, with Battlefield Guides Jim Hessler and Chris Army

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"Lee's army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also." – Ulysses S. Grant to George Meade


Join battlefield guides Jim Hessler and Chris Army on April 13 – 14, 2024, for a 1.5 day educational and social tour of the bloody and chaotic Battle of the Wilderness.

The Battle of the Wilderness was fought on May 5 –7, 1864. It was the opening battle of Ulysses Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign against Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. The fighting occurred in a wooded area about 20 miles west of Fredericksburg Virginia, not far from the 1863 Chancellorsville battlefield. The two armies combined to suffer nearly 29,000 casualties in the tangled Wilderness. The battle is generally considered to be tactically inconclusive. Grant got his first taste of fighting Lee’s army and was the first to withdraw, but unlike prior Northern generals Grant continued forward in his offensive rather than falling back.


Tour Includes:

  • All-day Saturday (April 13) and half-day Sunday (April 14) educational tour of sites associated with the NPS Wilderness battlefield.
  • There will be some walking involved on NPS-maintained trails.
  • Maps.
  • Water.
  • Carpool: as in past tours we will carpool from point to point. (No bus.)
  • Lunch: bring your own or we will concentrate in a central area around lunchtime on Saturday to buy your own.



  • April 12: Optional Friday night arrival. Hotel information below.
  • April 13: Saturday tour from approximately 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Lunch break in between.
  • April 14: Sunday 1/2-day tour in morning. Try to conclude by lunchtime.



  • $99 per person for 1.5-days tour, handouts, and water.



We have an optional room block at the Hampton Inn Fredericksburg for those who wish to stay over and not travel.

Optional hotel is not included in tour costs, our room rate (King or Queen) is $135.00 per night + tax. This is a good rate for Fredericksburg at this time of year!

Hotel Booking Link (Separate from Tour Registration):,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT


Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

(You should see the Wilderness Tour Rate of $135 / night when using this link.)


Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Fredericksburg

1080 Hospitality Lane

Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401, USA

(540) 786 -5530


Group Name: Wilderness Tour

Arrival Date: 4/12/2024 (Friday)

Departure Date: 4/14/2024 (Sunday)

Cut-off Date: 3/13/2024


Another way your guests can book their reservations is by calling our Hilton Reservations toll-free number at 1-800-HILTONS, have your guests mention the Wilderness Tour or the unique code WDT to receive your group rate.


We hope to see you there!