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Trace the Routes of History

Follow Virginia’s Civil War past from behind the wheel when you trace one of its five major road tours.

Explore coastal action on the Tidewater Civil War Trail. Begin at Fort Monroe in Hampton and also tour the U.S.S. Monitor, the Mariners’ Museum, Endview Plantation, and Lee Hall Mansion.

In the Shenandoah Valley you can follow the Avenue of Invasion. Stop at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, Cedar Creek Battlefield, the Virginia Military Institute, and New Market Battlefield State Park.

In Northern Virginia, the Crossroads of Conflict tour leads to Manassas, Mosby Country, the defenses of Washington, Arlington House, Ball’s Bluff Regional Park, and Fort Ward Museum.

The storied battle between Lee and Grant in 1864 can be traced through Central Virginia. In Richmond visit the Museum of the Confederacy, the Virginia Historical Society, and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, then head to Petersburg for Pamplin Historical Park and the Museum of the Civil War Soldier.

Finally, you can follow Lee’s Retreat and the final campaigns, which stretched from Petersburg to Appomattox. Stop at Sailor’s Creek then Lynchburg before heading to High Bridge Trail State Park and Staunton River Battlefield State Park.

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center is the site of the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. This central Virginia battle was between General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and Major General Ambrose E. Burnside's Union Army of the Potomac. It was one of the Civil War's most one-sided battles, with the majority of the casualties from the Union army.

Visit the site to enjoy a 35-minute guided walking tour, led by a historian or drive along the driving tour route. Recorded tape tours are also available from the bookstore. Learn more about the battle by viewing the exhibits at the Visitor Center and by watching the 22-minute film. While in Fredericksburg, enjoy comfortable accommodations, as a guest of Best Western hotels.