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May 1, 5, 10: Hidden Sites, Private Places To Be Seen on Chancellorsville Bus Tours

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The National Park Service will sponsor special bus tours for the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Chancellorsville this week. They’ll explore significant sites on the battlefield and offer rare opportunities to visit private place such as Moss Neck Manor and U.S. Ford.

Moss Neck Manor in Caroline County, Va., one of the sites on the May 1 bus tour.

All tours require advanced reservations and cost $20 or $40 per person. Call 540/786-0759 to reserve seats. Open seats remain, but the buses are filling up quickly.

Wednesday, May 1, 9 a.m. to noon, “Mayday Turnabout at Chancellorsville” with Eric Mink and Beth Parnicza. This real-time tour will explore sites and stories of the campaign’s beginning. Stops will focus on Union army river crossings, April 30 movements and the battle’s opening on May 1. $20 per person, departs from the Gordon Road commuter lot on Route 3.

Isaac Silver’s home, the last antebellum house left standing on the Chancellorsville battlefield.

Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “Hidden Chancellorsville: The Ultimate Bus Tour” with Frank O’Reilly and Greg Mertz. Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at unusual, seldom-seen sites on the battlefield, such as United States Ford (usually inaccessible to the public) and the Spotsylvania home of Union sympathizer Isaac Silver. Departs from the Gordon Road commuter lot on Route 3. $40 per person; bring your lunch and drinks.

United States Ford, one of the sites on the May 5 bus tour led by National Park Service historians.

Friday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., “Jackson’s Last Battles: A Bus Tour” with Frank O’Reilly and Greg Mertz. This tour will track T.J. Jackson’s last battles, from Chancellorsville to Guiney Station, including the “Death of Stonewall Jackson” program at 3:30 p.m. The route includes a stop at Moss Neck Manor, following Jackson’s ambulance route, and stops at other battlefield sites with strong connections to Jackson’s story. $40 per person, departs from the Gordon Road lot on Route 3, bring lunch and drinks.

–Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park