Near Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ox Ford Road
May 23, 1864 11:00am - 8:00pm
—Gray Trail —
In the exchange of cannon fire that evening Lieutenant Robert S. Pearce, commanding Clutter’s battery of McIntosh’s battalion, received a mortal wound.
Union success at Jericho Mill and against Henagan’s redoubt on the Telegraph Road that same evening forced General Robert E. Lee to fall back to a new line anchored on the North Anna River at Ox Ford. After working through the night of May 23 and early morning of May 24, the Army of Northern Virginia, which Lee had positioned in an “inverted V” capable of splitting Grant’s army into three
General Lee rode these lines along the Ox Ford Road and proclaimed of his opponent, General Ulysses S. Grant, “If I can get one more pull at him, I will defeat him.”
The interpretative work in this park has been made possible through the cooperative efforts of the American Battlefield Protection Program [NPS], State of Virginia, Hanover County Parks and Recreation department, and the members of the Blue and Gray Education Society. J. Michael Miller was the historical consultant. Mr. James W. Davis of Flushing, New York, generously replace the ten original 1998 prints with reprints in 2004.
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 1.)
Location. 37° 53.035′ N, 77° 29.973′ W. Marker is near Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verndon Road 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road. Click for map. Located along the "Gray" trail in North Anna Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11576 Verdon Rd, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (about 400 feet away, Battle on the Skirmish Line (about 600 feet away); One Brigade Alone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dead of the North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Doswell.
More about this marker. On the left are photos of “Brigadier General William H. Mahone” and the “Telegraph Road Bridge following Federal capture”.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray Trail" Markers
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summaries. North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
2. Civil War Preservation Trust. North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
3. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefield Memorial National Military Park. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
4. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.)
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