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

Turning Lee’s Flank

Battle of North Anna River

 

—1864 Overland Campaign —

 
Turning Lee’s Flank CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
1. Turning Lee’s Flank CWT Marker
Inscription. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia arrived here at the North Anna River on May 22, 1864. The next day, the Union Army of the Potomac followed, having maneuvered around the Confederates from the Wilderness through Spotsylvania Court House. Fighting raged along the river at Jericho Mill, Telegraph Road Bridge, Doswell House, and here at Ox Ford until May 26.

Lee’s health declined just when his army needed him the most. His son Capt. Robert “Rob” E. Lee, Jr., worried, “Suppose disease should disable him, … or, worse, should take him forever from the front of his men! … It was too awful to consider.” Confined to his tent, Lee muttered, “We must strike them a blow. We must not let them pass us again. We must strike them a blow.” On May 27, however, the Federals turned Lee’s flank again and marched south. The siege of Richmond that Lee feared was imminent, and the end of the Confederacy loomed.

The fighting also affected nearby civilians as Union soldiers plundered houses, carried off furniture and artwork, destroyed libraries, and scrawled graffiti on walls.

Slaves who escaped through the lines brought useful intelligence to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. “Lee’s army is really whipped,” Grant wrote. “I feel that our success … is already assured.”
North Anna Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
2. North Anna Battlefield Park
A week later, the disastrous assault at Cold Harbor on June 3 dashed his hopes, and the struggle continued for another eleven months until the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House.

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(upper left) Gen. Robert E. Lee Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower left) Jericho Mill on the North Anna River, 1864 — Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Gen. Ulysses S. Grant Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 37° 52.733′ N, 77° 30.309′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Verdon Road (Virginia Route 684) 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road (Virginia Route 685), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. 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. Attack at Ox Ford (here, next to this marker); The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dead of the North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ox Ford Road (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Weisiger's Virginians
Jericho Mills, North Anna, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, May 1864
3. Jericho Mills, North Anna, Virginia
Library of Congress LC-DIG-ppmsca-12586
(approx. half a mile away); Battle on the Skirmish Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); One Brigade Alone (approx. 0.6 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Doswell.
 
Also see . . .  North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of North Anna Commemoration image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
4. Battle of North Anna Commemoration
Historian Gordon C. Rhea was the keynote speaker at the unveiling of the Civil War Trails marker and dedication of the North Ann Battlefield Park expansion on the 150th anniversary of the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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