Civil War Battlefields
Manassas National Battlefield
12521 Lee Highway, Manassas, VA 20109
Henry Hill Walking Tours
11am and 2:00pm daily.
In the summer of 1861, enthusiastic volunteers in colorful uniforms gathered to fight the first major land battle of the war. Confident that their foes would turn and run, neither side anticipated the smoke, din and death of battle. Nearly one year later, both sides met again on the same battlefield with the Confederates winning a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power.
Balls Bluff Battlefield
Ball’s Bluff Road
Tours: Free battlefield tours conducted by volunteer tour guides every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm from early April through the end of October.
Surrounding the Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the largest Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.
171 Shoreline Drive
Harper’s Ferry, WV 25425
Tours: The Park is open daily 8am – 5pm.
The Battle of Harpers Ferry was fought from September 12 to September 15, 1862. As Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland, a portion of his army under Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson surrounded and bombarded the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), capturing its soldiers. Jackson’s men then rushed to Sharpsburg, Maryland to rejoin Lee for the Battle of Antietam.