Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Save yourselves if you can”
May 24, 1864 6:00 - 7:00pm
— Gray Trail —
“Mrs. T. P. Chandler,
“Yesterday...during a flag of truce...Colonel Harris, 12th Mississippi Regiment, came to me, and requested me to write to you that Lieut.-Col Charles L. Chandler, 57th Mass. Regt. fell mortally wounded May 24th, 1864.... He lived for some hours, and
Your obedient Servant,
A. Manning Wright,
Capt, 57th Reg’t N.Y.V Inf’y”
Harris’ action inspired the regimental historian of the 57th Massachusetts to remark, “Such noble characters do honor even to a bad cause.”
Presented to the people of the United States in memory of Kathleen E. Wheeler, Grandniece of Cpl. Michael Shortell, 7th Wisconsin Volunteers, by her family, friends, and members of the Blue and Gray Education Society.
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop-7.)
Location. 37° 53.204′ N, 77° 29.633′ W. Marker is in 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. Located along the "Gray" trail in North Anna Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Come on to Richmond" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Inverted V (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Men from Massachusetts (about 400 feet away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (about 400 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 600 feet away); One More River to Cross (about 700 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (about 800 feet away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
More about this marker. On the right is D.J. Neary's painting Even to Hell Itself with the caption, “Lieutenant Colonel Chandler attempts to rally his men, as the 12th Mississippi moves toward the Union line.” On the upper right is a photo of “Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Chandler”.
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summaries. North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
2. Civil War Preservation Trust. North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
3. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefield Memorial National Military Park. Battle of North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
4. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,103 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.