The Civil War was one of the most significant events in Savannah’s history, profoundly impacting the lives of all its inhabitants.
Famously spared the destruction visited upon the cities of upper and central Georgia by General Sherman and his troops, Savannah emerged from that war physically almost unscathed. Socially and economically, however, the city was changed forever.
Savannah’s guides offer a selection of tours focused on the city’s history in the Civil War, generally touching on the experiences of citizens in the run up to and during the war; the role Savannah played as a Confederate port, and nearby military engagements; and Sherman’s March to the Sea and occupation of Savannah in the later stages of the war.
For a closer focus on the experience of slavery in Savannah and the changes freedom brought, several tours dedicated to the city’s African-American history are also available.
!The information below is correct as of June 2017, but please check all details before planning your trip. Availability may vary by season, and operators may withdraw or change specific tours without notice.
“Civil War Tour” 2hrs. With Noble Jones Tours. Monday-Saturday 9:30am and 1pm, Sunday 10am and 1pm, seasonally 4pm. Adults $25, children (8–14) $15, young children (0-7) free. Reservations required. Call 912-660-6468 or book online. More details
“War Between the States” 1hr30. With Private Walking Tours of Savannah. Daily, 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 4:30pm. Private tours, $35 per person (2 person minimum). Reservations required. Book online or call 912-509-2084. More details
“King Cotton, Slavery and the Civil War” 1hr30. With Steve Ellis, Savannah Walking History Tours. Adults $25, children (6-14) $10, young children (0-5) free. Call 912-631-1004 for times and reservations. More details
“Civil War Savannah” (pet-friendly) 1hr30. With The Savannah Walks. Daily, 10am and 1pm. Adults $20, children (6-14) $9, young children (0-5) free. Reservations recommended, can be made online. More details
“Civil War Tour” (pet-friendly) 2hrs. With Savannah Movie Tours. With refreshment/restroom break. Thursday-Sunday, 10am. Adults $27, children (5-12) $18, young children (0-4) free. Military discount. Reservations required. Call 912-234-3440 or book online. More details
“Civil War Savannah History Tour” (8 max) 2hrs. With Jack Wray, Historic Savannah By Foot. Civil War and slavery history. Adults $40, children (11-17) $20. Reservations required, call 912-596-2950.
“Civil War Savannah” 1hr. With Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours. Two small-group tours are available: part one explores the history of Savannah’s waterfront during the war, and part two focuses on the Civil War history of the Historic District. $35 per person. Reservations required, call 912-508-1234. More details
“A Present for Mr Lincoln: A Cotton Kingdom” 2hrs. With Beth Reiter, Savannah ArchiTours. Small-group tour exploring the architecture and history of Savannah in the period around and during the Civil War. Adults $20, seniors (65+) $15, children (7-18) $10, young children (0-6) free. Advance reservations are required, either online or call 912-659-1487. More details