We keep our tour small. The October 2016 tour was scheduled for the anniversary of the battle, but we were rained out by Hurricane Matthew. Three weeks later we enjoyed picture perfect weather and posed our group photo near the Confederate right flank.
We keep our tours authentic. We use only historic roads. Sometimes those roads retain much of their character from a century and a half ago. Rosser’s Confederates used this section of the Middle Road to abandon their positions on Tom’s Brook.
We strive to make our tours personal. When we learned that two attendees descended from a trooper killed in the battle, we took them to the position on the field occupied by the regiment (12th Virginia Cavalry) and also to the soldier’s grave.
Our tours are intensely map-and-terrain oriented. Tom’s Brook offers excellent examples of the critical importance of terrain to military operations. Here, in a November 2016 private tour, Bill Miller and Ed Bearss gesture toward a distant ridgeline that masked a flanking movement by Custer’s cavalry.
We try to paint pictures. We like to create tour stops that help visitors clearly visualize the events that we describe.