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

Reinforcements Arrive

May 24, 1864

 

— Blue trail —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2020
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Inscription.  Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford's Union 5th Corps division arrived in support of Crittenden's advance on the afternoon of May 24, 1864. Crawford's men supported Ledlie's ill fated attack by engaging Confederate sharpshooters but what had been expected to be a victorious advance was now met with a good deal of peril. As night fell, both Union divisions were now isolated from the rest of the Union 9th Corps by the flooded North Anna River.

The nearest Federal force was the rest of the Union 5th and 6th Corps at Noel's Station, three miles away. Should General A. P. Hill's Confederates counterattack in the morning, the battered Federals faced the real possibility of being driven into the river. Crittenden and Crawford drew back in a semicircular defense, working furiously on digging earthworks for defense.

Crawford also dispatched the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves and the 12th Massachusetts to Noel's Station to notify Warren of his dilemma. He then sent another force composed five companies of the 1st Pennsylvania Reserves should the enemy turn back or capture the first column. Luckily, both parties reached 6th Corps lines
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with news of the potential disaster.

In response, Major General Horatio G. Wright dispatched two brigades of his 6th Corps through the night to reach Crawford while all of the Federal infantry at Noel's Station prepared for an attack the following morning.

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Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford, Division Commander, Union 5th Corps

Donated to the People of the United States by Elizabeth Haynes of Virginia
 
Erected 2014 by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 8.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 24, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 53.697′ N, 77° 29.701′ 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. Located along the "Blue Trail” in North Anna Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11576 Verdon Rd, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death Under The Trees (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Night of Agony (about 500 feet away); Ledlie's Legacy (about 600 feet away); Deadly Skirmishing
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By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2020
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(about 700 feet away); Dig and Dig Some More (about 700 feet away); Stalemate (about 700 feet away); River War (about 700 feet away); Griffin's Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. North Anna Battlefield Park "Blue Trail" Markers
 
Also see . . .
1. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on February 25, 2020.) 

2. The Battle of North Anna. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Submitted on February 25, 2020.) 

3. North Anna. American Battlefield Trust (Submitted on February 25, 2020.) 

4. North Anna Battlefield Park Sign Project. Blue & Gray Education Society (Submitted on February 26, 2020.) 
 
Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford image. Click for full size.
4. Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-06701]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2020, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 24, 2020, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 26, 2020.   3. submitted on February 24, 2020, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 25, 2020, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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