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

Ledlie's Legacy

May 24, 1864


—Blue Trail —

Ledlie's Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
1. Ledlie's Legacy Marker
Inscription. Ledlie’s men reached safety after uniting with Colonel Elisha Gaylord Marshall's 9th Corps Provisional brigade. Marshall was a tough West Point graduate who fought on the western frontier and was severely wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg. Ln contrast, Marshall's brigade consisted of dismounted cavalrymen and heavy artillerymen accustomed to defending Northern cities, not the heavily wooded ravines before you, echoing eerily with triumphant rebel yells.

“While we lay in the woods, the clouds, which in the morning looked dark and portentous, assumed a darker hue, and in a short time the rain fell in torrents; the blinding flashes of lightning, joined with the deep rumble of the thunder, produced a scene of gloom if not of terror. As it grew dark the firing had ceased, and it now seemed as if the powers on high alone were in contention."
History of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry

The morale of Marshall's men suffered from the beaten and bloody boys coming into their lines. No doubt motivated by fear that whatever force had devastated their comrades might also come for them, the men of the Provisional Brigade quickly began constructing log and earthen breastworks. The night rang for hours with the sounds of digging and chopping of wood, while the beaten and demoralized soldiers of Ledlie’s
Ledlie's Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
2. Ledlie's Legacy Marker
Brigade gladly took refuge by the river.

Private Vincent DeLong of the 24th New York Dismounted Cavalry felt little sympathy for Ledlie’s Brigade, particularly the two regular regiments. He recorded in his diary, “nothing of much importance took plase only the 4 and 10 regulars run like sheap…”

(left) Colonel Elisha Gaylord Marshall
(center) Private Vincent DeLong
(right) Order of Battle
Presented to the people of the United States by Anne Skelly of California.

Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 5.)
Location. 37° 53.464′ N, 77° 29.688′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from 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. A Night of Agony (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); One More River to Cross (approx. ¼ mile away); The Inverted V (approx. ¼ mile away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Save yourselves if you can" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Come on to Richmond" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.3 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 Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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