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

The Inverted V

May 23, 1864 6:45pm

 

—Gray Trail —

 
The Inverted V Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. The Inverted V Marker
Inscription. You are now standing in the tip of the famous “inverted V” position constructed by Lee’s army along the North Anna River. The trenches on your left continued to the Little River, while those on the right anchored on a bend in the North Anna below Hanover Junction. This area was held by Brigadier General Ambrose “Rans” Wright’s Georgia brigade which assisted in repelling Ledlie’s brigade on the evening of May 24. The 2nd Georgia Infantry Battalion of Wright’s brigade held back the left flank of the Union line until Colonel Harris’ 12th Mississippi Infantry crushed the Union center.

“...a tremendous volley to our left, followed by the unmistakable ‘Rebel yell’ told us plain enough that the Mississippians had struck the Yanks and as the yelling and the firing came towards us, it was evident enough that the Yanks were on the run.... As they passed us Tinley and I made a few more shots at them and as the Mississippi boys came up a big strapping fellow called out, ‘Bang it Boys, but ain’t we making them think it’s Christmas though.’” E. A. Shiver, Co. C, 2d Battalion Georgia Volunteers, on the Confederate skirmish line

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North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. North Anna Order of Battle
County/Ashland community.
 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 8.)
 
Location. 37° 53.24′ N, 77° 29.601′ 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. "Save yourselves if you can" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Come on to Richmond" (about 500 feet away); One More River to Cross (about 500 feet away); Men from Massachusetts (about 600 feet away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (about 600 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 700 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the left are photos of “Lieutenant Colonel Stephen M. Weld, slightly wounded leading the 56th Massachusetts at Ox Ford” and “Lieutenant Colonel Henry H. Pearson,
Stop 8 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 8 Map
killed while leading the 6th New Hampshire against the Inverted V”
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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
 
Map Legend image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Map Legend
Stop 8 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Stop 8
The tip of the the "Inverted V" (facing south). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. The tip of the the "Inverted V" (facing south).
The trenches on the right continued southwest to the Little River, while those on the left ran southeast towards Hanover Junction. The North Anna River and Ox Ford are to the rear of this vantage point.
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
7. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
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 1,049 times since then and 5 times this year. 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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