Guide to Touring Civil War Battlefields
- Read overview of battlefield on this site.
- Visit battlefield webpage from link on battlefield page.
- Check the operating hours and days the site is open.
- Get detailed directions to the site.
- See if there are any special events taking place when you plan to
- Learn about any programs for children such as the Junior Ranger
program sponsored by the National Parks Service.
- Begin your tour at the visitor center.
- See the orientation video to help you place the site in its
- View exhibits at the center.
- Talk with the battlefield staff to learn about any tours and
demonstrations that are available.
- Purchase or rent a tour CD to guide you through the battlefield.
- Talk with the battlefield staff. Most are very knowledgeable
and are eager to share information about the park.
- Tour the battlefield.
- Obey all of the battlefield site rules. See the National
and Regulations for Richmond National Battlefield for typical restrictions.
- Understand when and what happened at each stop along the tour.
- Walk the trails to experience the terrain that the
combatants fought on.
- Be sure to visit the battlefield cemetery to pay respects to the
brave men and women who fought and died there.
Mark Grimsley has prepared a thorough
guide called "How
to Read a Civil War Battlefield" including information on
organization, officer's responsibilities, tactics, terrain and
ranges of weapons.
The following is a partial list of battlefield