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Near Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

One Brigade Alone

May 24, 1864 3:00pm - 4:00pm

 

—Gray Trail —

 
One Brigade Alone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. One Brigade Alone Marker
Inscription. The first unit of the Union Ninth Corps to cross the North Anna was Brigadier General James H. Ledlie’s brigade. His 1,500 infantrymen were ready to advance by 3:00 p.m., despite having been soaked up to their armpits while crossing the river. Unfortunately for the Federals, one of the worst generals in the Union army commanded them. Ledlie had commanded the brigade for only seven days and had obtained little knowledge of his men. Worse, the general had consumed a large amount of whiskey and was dreadfully drunk when he led his men into battle. When he approached the Confederate trenches in the area before you, Ledlie ordered one of his regiments to test the Confederate line. The 35th Massachusetts advanced into what was then an open field but were easily routed. The survivors hurriedly returned to the relative safety of Ledlie’s main battle line.

“The General was inspired with that artificial courage known throughout the army as ‘Dutch courage,’ the quantity of which seemed to be sufficient to sustain him through this or any other trying ordeal, but the quality was not of the enduring kind.” Captain John Anderson, 57th Massachusetts Infantry, Ledlie’s Brigade

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Presented to the people of the United States by the loyal legion of battlefield students known as The Bearss Brigade.
Stop 4 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. Stop 4 Map

 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 4.)
 
Location. 37° 53.134′ N, 77° 29.861′ 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, on the right when traveling west. 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. Battle on the Skirmish Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Run for Safety (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Heart of Dixie (about 400 feet away); Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (about 500 feet away); The Ox Ford Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Come on to Richmond" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the right are photos of "Brigadier General James H. Ledlie" and the "Officers of the 56th Massachusetts Infantry, Ledlie's Brigade".
 
Also see . . .
North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. North Anna Order of Battle

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. Battle of North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

4. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Stop 4 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Stop 4
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By The General Crushed Stone Company
6. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 882 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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