Civil War on the James tours running in March

If you’d love to the see the tidal James River by motorboat, see this offer from Discover the James. The Civil War on the James Tour traces the naval actions that took place in the area of Dutch Gap and Jones Neck from 1862-1865, amidst the natural beauty of the James River, which has changed little in the past 150 years.  

Envision the past as you cruise along the river for two hours aboard the Discovery Barge II, a 24-foot, covered pontoon boat piloted by Capt. Mike Ostrander, and listen to Civil War historian Scott Williams tell stories about Confederate torpedoes, the construction of the Dutch Gap Canal, the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and the James River Squadron’s desperate attempt to break out at Trent’s Reach.

Williams is the Chairman of the Military History Committee for the Chesterfield Historical Society.  He was the mapmaker and a contributing author for the recently published Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Guide.  He is also an active Civil War re-enactor for numerous events held throughout Virginia annually. 

Ostrander is recognized as one of the leading river guides on the James and has been offering a variety of fishing, history and wildlife tours for more than 10 years.

Tours cost $40 per person and will be offered March 6, 21 and 22 and June 18 at noon-2 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. The tours depart from Deep Bottom Boat Landing. Contact Ostrander at 804-938-2350 to book a tour or for more information. For directions, visit


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