On day one, start your day at Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of two major battles during the Civil War. Make your way into Old Town Manassas and the Manassas Museum before you visit the nearby Centreville and Chantilly where you'll take in Civil War related sites such as the Old Stone Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, Mt. Gilead, and Sully Historic Site. Next, find your way to Ox Hill Battlefield Park, which preserves a portion of the site of the last major battle of the Second Manassas Campaign.
Visitors will swing into Historic Downtown Herndon, the site of a successful St. Patrick's Day raid by Confederate Ranger John S. Mosby, also known as the Gray Ghost. Then it's up to Antietam Battlefield, in Sharpsburg, Maryland, the site of the single deadliest day of fighting during the Civil War.
Visit the Freeman Store and Museum in Vienna, and then head up to Ball's Bluff Battlefield Park, the site of an important Confederate victory early in the war. From here you'll get on the "Journey Through Hallowed Ground" and spend the afternoon at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Pop into the City of Fairfax, highlighted by a stop at the Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center and the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim Estate. Then make your way through Virginia Hunt Country while visiting multiple sites along the Mosby Heritage Area on your way to Winchester.
You end your journey with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and Arlington House, home to Robert E. Lee. You'll want to then head across the Potomac River and visit the iconic Lincoln Memorial and the Freedman's Memorial which depicts Lincoln symbolically freeing the slaves. Then visit the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, the nation's only monument to African American Civil War soldiers. End the day with a visit to Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln as assassinated attending a performance.
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