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

Deadly Skirmishing

May 24, 1864

 

— Blue Trail —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2020
1. Deadly Skirmishing Marker
Inscription.  One of the units that suffered heavily in the skirmish fighting in the woods before you was the 56th Pennsylvania Infantry. The exhausted and depleted nature of the Army of the Potomac was demonstrated by the loss in officers in this veteran regiment. First Lieutenant Charles E. Baker of Company A commanded the regiment, as all of the field staff and staff officers and the 10 company commanders were killed, wounded, prisoners or reassigned.

The close nature of the fighting within the forest required the few remaining officers of the regiment to lead from the front, with resulting casualties. The 56th Pennsylvania quickly lost two veteran Lieutenants who had risen from the ranks; Benjamin F. Young, Company D, killed and Lemuel Shaw, Company K, wounded. Young was a 34-year old former painter from Philadelphia, with a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark hair. Shaw, a 23-year old teacher from Clearfield, Pennsylvania survived his injury only to be mortally wounded just before the end of the war in March 1865.

Another casualty was 20-year old draftee, Private Lorenzo Hipple. From Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Hipple joined the
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regiment in September 1863, leaving behind his former trade as a boatman. The body of the grey eyed, brown haired private was never recovered, and his service record indicates no possessions were found to be sent home. The only memory received by his widowed mother was a $100.00 enlistment bounty and $106.40 back pay.

The body of Lieutenant Young of the 56th Pa. rest under this stone, which mistakenly identifies his rank and his regiment. Young and Private Dragoo of the 7th Indiana (Stop 9) both were originally buried at the Matthews Farm and now lay side by side in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Almost all the other fallen exhumed from the Matthew Farm rest in unknown graves. Some of the dead were never recovered from the battlefield.

Donated to the People of the United States by the American Civil War Roundtable of the United Kingdom
 
Erected 2014 by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 10.)
 
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° 53.686′ N, 77° 29.847′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verdon Road (Virginia Route 684) 0.2 miles west of
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By Bernard Fisher, February 23, 2020
3. Deadly Skirmishing Marker
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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Griffin's Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Dig and Dig Some More (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stalemate (about 300 feet away); Reinforcements Arrive (about 700 feet away); Ledlie's Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Night of Agony (approx. 0.2 miles away); River War (approx. ¼ mile 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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2020, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 11 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.

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