Photograph of a cannon under a blooming tree

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Va.

Rob Shenk

Thursday Color Bearer Tours

The tour schedule is tentative and subject to change.
American Battlefield Trust Event

Thursday, June 3, 2021

159 Years of Fighting at Manassas and Chantilly with Garry Adelman and Kristopher White

Walking Level: Light. Expect less than one-half miles of walking on paths and slightly rolling terrain.

Description: The several Civil War battles fought at and around Manassas and Chantilly, Virginia, were only the beginning. After the war, local landowners fought with tourists. Reenactors “fought” on the Manassas National Battlefield for the Civil War Centennial and the whole vicinity became ground zero for some of the early fights that began the modern battlefield preservation movement.  Join American Battlefield Trust Chief Historian Garry Adelman and Trust Senior Education Manager Kristopher White for a lively tour that will cover this broad span—from combat to conservation, from Isaac Stevens to Annie Snyder and from Henry Hill to Ox Hill photos and folklore will highlight this experience.

A Little Short of Boats," The Battle of Ball's Bluff with Jim Morgan

Walking Level: Moderate. Expect two miles of walking on paths and slightly rolling terrain.

Description:  The October 21, 1861, Battle of Ball's Bluff may have been small in scale, but this modest battle had a far-reaching impact on the Union war effort. The tour begins at Fort Evans from which Confederate forces watched the Potomac River crossings.  We then head to the Jackson house, site of the morning skirmishing that preceded the main Ball's Bluff fighting.  We close the tour with a walk across the main Ball's Bluff battlefield. 

“A Want of Vigilance”: The Battle of Bristoe Station with Robert Orrison 

Walking Level: Light. Expect a little more than one mile of walking on paths and slightly rolling terrain.

Description: After Gettysburg and before the Overland Campaign, Confederate General Robert E. Lee determined to retain the initiative in Virginia against the Army of the Potomac. The October campaign was full of maneuvers, skirmishes and “what ifs.” The campaign culminated in the Battle of Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863. The tour will cover the events on October 14, 1863, and will include stops outside of the current battlefield park. New preservation efforts on the battlefield will also be discussed.

The Civil War Dead of Arlington Cemetery with Doug Ullman 

Walking Level: Moderate. This tour will consist of approximately three miles of walking on paved roads and mowed grass, with a few moderately steep climbs.  Closed-toe shoes are preferable.  

Description: Explore Arlington National Cemetery’s Civil War history on this walking tour through some of America’s most hallowed ground.  Learn how the property evolved from a plantation to wartime cemetery, to the final resting place of some of the most prominent figures of the American Civil War.  We will focus on the lives of those Civil War veterans buried at Arlington, from the lowliest private to some of the most notable figures of the war.  

Please note: this tour will not include a stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Kennedy Gravesites, or the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.