“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Hanover Junction

Hanover Junction Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
1. Hanover Junction Marker
Inscription.  Two 19th-century railroads crossed at grade level just east: the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac and the Virginia Central, which ran west to the Shenandoah Valley, the Confederacy’s breadbasket during the Civil War. This junction attained strategic importance in 1864 as the railroads carried supplies to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac attempted to disrupt that traffic to hinder Lee and capture Richmond. The Confederates, however, successfully defended the junction during the North Anna River campaign, 21-26 May 1864, and the Union army withdrew east to Cold Harbor.
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-21.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 37° 51.65′ N, 77° 27.871′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover
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County. Marker is on Washington Highway (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located north of Ashland, on Route 1 just north of Doswell Road and west of the railroad junction. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Doswell VA 23047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee’s Movements (approx. 1.3 miles away); North Anna River Campaign (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Shenandoah Lumber Company (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Eiffel Tower (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Blue Ridge Tollway (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Scooby-Doo Ghoster Coaster (approx. 1.9 miles away); Boo Boo's Tree Swings (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ranger Smith's Jeep Tour (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
Hanover Junction image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
2. Hanover Junction
The railroad junction is located here on Doswell Road, just east of the marker. A Virginia Civil War Trails sign is found at this location.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,728 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Feb. 21, 2024