Near Studley in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Haw's Shop
—Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —
The two sides battled indecisively for several hours before the arrival of Gen. George Custer’s Michigan brigade turned stalemate into victory for the Federals. Charging on foot straight down the road toward this church, Custer’s troopers scattered the Southern defenders. Among the 365 Union casualties was the mortally wounded John Huff, credited by some with fatally shooting Confederate cavalry chief J.E.B. Stuart at the Battle of Yellow Tavern. Hampton’s casualties in the nearly seven-hour action numbered about 380.
Today, the battlefield closely resembles its wartime appearance. Visible in the distance is the home of John Haw, Oak Grove, which served as a field hospital.
“At point blank range the contending parties fought for seven hours, neither able to carry the other’s position, but each determined to hold its own. So rapid and constant was the firing that during this time the
- William P. Lloyd, Adjutant, First Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 40.58′ N, 77° 18.681′ W. Marker is near Studley, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Studley Road (County Route 606) and Buckeye Road, on the left when traveling east on Studley Road. Click for map. The marker is located on the east side of the Enon United Methodist Church parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Studley VA 23162, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Enon Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Airmail Service (approx. one mile away); Studley (approx. one mile away); Salem Church/Haw’s Shop (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Studley (approx. 1.2 miles away); Newmarket Fighting at the Totopotomoy (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pine Slash (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Studley.
Regarding Enon Church. On the upper left is a photo of Confederate General Wade Hampton. The photo carries the caption Gen. Wade Hampton replaced J.E.B. Stuart as commander of Lee’s cavalry. At Enon Church Hampton’s men brought Lee important information about the position of Grant’s army. On the right is a map detailing the battle. The map carries the caption With approximately 10,000 cavalrymen involved, the Battle of Haw’s Shop was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the war. Most of the fighting was on foot, indicative of the changes in cavalry combat by this stage of the war.
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Haw’s Shop/Enon Church (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Traveler. Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign Tour (Submitted on February 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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