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

The Heart of Dixie

May 24, 1864 3:45pm

 

—Gray Trail —

 
The Heart of Dixie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. The Heart of Dixie Marker
Inscription. The trenches before you were manned by the soldiers of Brigadier General Nathaniel Harris’ brigade of Mississippians, who had deployed just to the right of Sanders’ Alabamians by 1:00 p.m. on the 24th. The small pits behind the trench line served as an area from which the brigade commander, his staff, and his medical and supply personnel could operate in relative safety. From this point, Alabama soldiers ventured out at about 3:45 p.m. on the 24th and captured several men of the 35th Massachusetts during the latter’s foray against these breastworks. Harris and Sanders would occupy these works through the 26th.

These men from the deep South had fought in almost every major action in the Virginia theater and had recently suffered heavily in the fighting in The Wilderness and at Spotsylvania. Harris, a Vicksburg attorney before the war, led his brigade into the worst of the May 12 struggle for the “Bloody Angle” at Spotsylvania Court House, where his men fought for nearly twenty continuous hours.

Sanders was one of the younger generals in the army -- a mere twenty-one years old -- when he left the University of Alabama to join the Confederate army in 1861. He will die a Brigadier General on August 21, 1864, at the Battle of Globe Tavern, also known as Weldon Railroad. “A man of serene courage and unblemished
North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. North Anna Order of Battle
moral character, he won general admiration.” Confederate Military History, Clement Evans, editor.

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Presented to the people of the United States in memory of Stanhope and Jefferson Posey, 16th Mississippi, Harris’ Brigade, by John Murphy Commercial Art & Design of Jackson, Mississippi who drew the maps and did the layout for all the signs in this park.
 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 5.)
 
Location. 37° 53.167′ N, 77° 29.79′ 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. Run for Safety (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); One Brigade Alone (about 400 feet away); Men from Massachusetts (about 400 feet away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (about 400 feet away); "Come on to Richmond"
Stop 5 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 5 Map
(about 600 feet away); Battle on the Skirmish Line (about 700 feet away); "Save yourselves if you can" (about 800 feet away); Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the left are photos of "Brigadier General Nathaniel Harris" and "Colonel John C. C. Sanders"
 
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. 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 5 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Stop 5
Nearby Confederate Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Nearby Confederate Earthworks
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park Walking Trail. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
7. North Anna Battlefield Park Walking Trail.
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By The General Crushed Stone Company
8. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 877 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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