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

A Night of Agony

May 24, 1864


—Blue Trail —

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By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
1. A Night of Agony Marker
Inscription. A field hospital was set up beside the river where the wounded were given what little care could be provided in the darkness and rain. The waters of the North Anna were now too high to carry the men to safety, so the Federal soldiers settled down for a long night of suffering, awaiting dawn.

In the midst of all the misery, Color Sergeant Leopold Karpeles of the 57th Massachusetts was particularly brokenhearted. Wounded while holding the regiment’s colors, he had refused to leave the flag until ordered to the rear by Lieutenant Colonel Chandler. In the darkness of the hospital, Karpeles overheard a rumor that Chandler was killed because, after Color Corporal Ira Bullard died in the final enemy charge, the colonel seized the flag to protect it from the Rebels.

The regimental historian later wrote “there was no ground to the rumor, but the poor fellow was inconsolable. All night long he charged himself with the death of his ‘dear colonel’ because he left the field.” In fact, Lieutenant Colonel Chandler did die of his wounds. Karpeles would survive his wound and eventually receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of the Wilderness.

Brigadier General Ledlie received no known reprimand for his performance at Ox Ford. Instead of a court-martial, he was promoted to
A Night of Agony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
2. A Night of Agony Marker
command the 1st Division, 9th Corps, resulting in several more blunders until the Federal debacle on July 30, 1864, known as the Battle of the Crater. Found in a bunker while his division was attacking Petersburg, Ledlle was driven from the army in disgrace, resigning on January 23, 1865.

(left) Wounded soldiers are carried off the battlefield.
(right) Color Sergeant Leopold Karpeles and Major Wallace Putnam. Putnam was mortally wounded on May 24, 1864

Sponsored by members of the BGES in honor of Mike Miller, Donna Neary, Gordon Rhea, Art Taylor, Martin Marietta Aggregate and the Hanover County Department of Parks & Recreation.

Erected 2014 by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 6.)
Location. 37° 53.52′ N, 77° 29.626′ 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. Ledlie's Legacy (about
North Anna River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
3. North Anna River
500 feet away, measured in a direct line); One More River to Cross (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Inverted V (approx. 0.3 miles away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Save yourselves if you can" (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Come on to Richmond" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.4 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 308 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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