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

The Inverted V

May 23, 1864 6:45pm

— Gray Trail —

 
 
The Inverted V Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. The Inverted V Marker
Inscription.  You are now standing in the tip of the famous “inverted V” position constructed by Lee’s army along the North Anna River. The trenches on your left continued to the Little River, while those on the right anchored on a bend in the North Anna below Hanover Junction. This area was held by Brigadier General Ambrose “Rans” Wright’s Georgia brigade which assisted in repelling Ledlie’s brigade on the evening of May 24. The 2nd Georgia Infantry Battalion of Wright’s brigade held back the left flank of the Union line until Colonel Harris’ 12th Mississippi Infantry crushed the Union center.

“...a tremendous volley to our left, followed by the unmistakable ‘Rebel yell’ told us plain enough that the Mississippians had struck the Yanks and as the yelling and the firing came towards us, it was evident enough that the Yanks were on the run.... As they passed us Tinley and I made a few more shots at them and as the Mississippi boys came up a big strapping fellow called out, ‘Bang it Boys, but ain’t we making them think it’s Christmas though.’” E. A. Shiver, Co. C, 2d Battalion Georgia Volunteers, on the Confederate skirmish line

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Lieutenant Colonel Stephen M. Weld, slightly wounded leading the 56th Massachusetts at Ox Ford
Lieutenant Colonel Henry H. Pearson, killed while leading the 6th New Hampshire against the Inverted V
 
Erected 1998 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 23, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 53.24′ N, 77° 29.601′ W. Marker is near Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verndon 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 "Gray 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. "Save yourselves if you can" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Come on to Richmond" (about 500 feet away); One More River to Cross (about 500 feet away); Grant Reacts (about 600
The Inverted V Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Blue & Gray Education Society
2. The Inverted V Marker
feet away); Men From Massachusetts (about 600 feet away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (about 600 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 700 feet away); Run for Safety (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 "Gray Trail" Markers
 
Also see . . .
1. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 

2. The Battle of North Anna. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

3. North Anna. American Battlefield Trust (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

4. North Anna Battlefield Park Sign Project. Blue & Gray Education Society (Submitted on February 25, 2020.) 
 
Stop 8 Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 8 Map
Stop 8 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Stop 8
The tip of the the "Inverted V" (facing south). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. The tip of the the "Inverted V" (facing south).
The trenches on the right continued southwest to the Little River, while those on the left ran southeast towards Hanover Junction. The North Anna River and Ox Ford are to the rear of this vantage point.
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
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7. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,369 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 25, 2020.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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