“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Run for Safety

May 24, 1864 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm


—Blue Trail —

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By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
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Inscription. The melee resulting from the combination of a pouring thunderstorm, the boiling mix of five regiments of Union soldiers pursued by three regiments of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia infantrymen - accented by the flashes and smoke of rifle and cannon fire – was truly memorable. Each man was unsure of who was running in the next clump of trees, friend or foe. The Yanks slid down the sleep ravines before you, discarding their equipment as they ran.

Many were unable to reach the safety within the forest and were captured. Although fortunate to survive the battle unhurt, captivity in Confederate prison camps proved more deadly than the fight at Ox Ford. Over 80 men of Ledlie's Brigade were sent to the prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia. Antonio Phillips and Lyman Bryant were the first two of the captives from the 57th Massachusetts to die, both on the same day in July 1864. Ironically, Phillips was a resident of Oxford, Massachusetts, leaving behind six children.

Edward A. Walton, a machinist from Worcster, was next to perish on August 10th, “of cruel neglect, exposure, and starvation… He has left behind a fond wife and child, who with his grief stricken parents and brothers, mourn his sad and painful death," recorded the Worcester Spy on January 31, 1865. Walton's
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By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
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family learned of his last moments from a friend who cared for him until he died from scurvy and diarrhea. His daughter, Alice, was only one year old.

Egbert s. Jacquins died only five days later. John A. Paine was the last to fall, leaving behind a wife and five children. He died of starvation on September 10, 1864, only days before the seventh birthday of his daughter, Ida. Reported killed at Ox Ford, Paine’s family never knew until after the war he had survived the battle only to perish at Andersonville.

(upper right) The Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia: Near the main gate.
(lower right) Phillips, Walton, Jacquins, and Paine are buried in the National Cemetery at Andersonville.

Presented to the people of the United States by Bryan Hagen of Virginia and Ben Hagen of Minnesota.

Erected 2014. (Marker Number Stop 3.)
Location. 37° 53.188′ N, 77° 29.849′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verdon Road (State Road 684) 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road (State Route 685), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11576 Verdon Road, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heart of Dixie (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); One Brigade Alone (about 300 feet away); Battle on the Skirmish Line (about 500 feet away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (about 600 feet away); Men from Massachusetts (about 700 feet away); Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (about 800 feet away); "Come on to Richmond" (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Save yourselves if you can" (approx. 0.2 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
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Art Taylor of Beaverdam, Va 23015. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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