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

Artillery Duel

May 25 - 26, 1864

 

—Gray Trail —

 
Artillery Duel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. Artillery Duel Marker
Inscription. You are standing before the trench line of the 10th Georgia Battalion, which held the right flank of Wright’s brigade. The Florida brigade and Lane’s artillery battalion held the position across the ravine to your right. On May 25 and 26 cannon and sharpshooter fire was almost constant across the river. During this period the Union artillery, firing at the rate of about three rounds per minute, hurled at least 3,000 rounds into these ridges and ravines. On May 26 Union gunners opened fire with three coehorn mortars, but failed to silence the Confederate artillery. The strength of trenches such as these limited casualties to a few unlucky soldiers on each side.

“We were supporting a battery which was firing very rapidly, our line being almost in exact line with the guns… when one of them burst with a deafening crash and the fragments were hurled far and wide. One large piece weighing 100 pounds or more after flying high into the air over our heads, fell straight down and almost buried itself in the ground at my feet. It had not hit the ground before I heard one of the artillerymen storm out, ‘Bring up another gun here, this one has busted all to hell,’ followed by a string of hearty curses at the Richmond made guns.” Alfred L. Scott, Staff Officer, Florida Brigade

On the evening of May 26 Grant
North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. North Anna Order of Battle
turned Meade’s Army of the Potomac away from the North Anna to again flank Lee’s army out of its excellent position. Lee, forced to follow the movement of his opponent, forever lost the opportunity offered by the North Anna River to destroy the Union army.

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Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 10.)
 
Location. 37° 53.142′ N, 77° 29.533′ 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 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Come on to Richmond" (about 700 feet away); The Inverted V
Stop 10 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 10 Map
(about 700 feet away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.2 miles away); One More River to Cross (approx. 0.2 miles away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. ¼ mile away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a photo of the Union soldiers upriver from Ox Ford with the caption, "Federal engineers improve the roads at Jericho Mill." On the upper right is a photo of Union soldiers downriver from Ox Ford with the caption, "Union soldiers bathe in the north Anna River. The Telegraph Road Bridge is in the background."
 
Also see . . .  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 10 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Stop 10
Nearby Confederate Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. Nearby Confederate Earthworks
Ox Ford on the North Anna River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 8, 2002
7. Ox Ford on the North Anna River
Jericho Mills, Virginia. 50th New York Engineers constructing road on south bank of North Anna River image. Click for full size.
By Timothy H. O'Sullivan, circa may 1864
8. Jericho Mills, Virginia. 50th New York Engineers constructing road on south bank of North Anna River
Library of Congress [LC-B817- 7304]
North Anna River, Virginia. Soldiers bathing. image. Click for full size.
By Timothy H. O'Sullivan, May 1864
9. North Anna River, Virginia. Soldiers bathing.
Library of Congress [LC-B815- 763]
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
10. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
11. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,116 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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