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

Attack at Ox Ford

24 May 1864

 
 
Attack at Ox Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2005
1. Attack at Ox Ford Marker
Marker was missing during a return visit on 4/21/2007.
Inscription.  A half mile north, a brigade of Union infantry commanded by Brig. Gen. James H. Ledlie struck the center of Lee’s army, which blocked Grant’s approach to Richmond. Formidable earthworks hastily erected by Brig. Gen. William H. Mahone’s division anchored the Confederate battle line at Ox Ford on the North Anna River. Although instructed to use “utmost caution,” Ledlie, fortified with alcohol, ordered a charge. His men were bloodily repulsed and suffered more than 200 casualities, while Mahone lost about 50. On 27 May, Grant withdrew toward Totopotomoy Creek.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number EA-4.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list.
 
Location. 37° 52.733′ N, 77° 30.312′ 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
Attack at Ox Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
2. Attack at Ox Ford Marker
A new replacement marker is now in place as of May 2014.
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685), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11576 Verdon Road, 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. Turning Lee’s Flank (here, next to this marker); The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dead of the North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ox Ford Road (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (approx. half a mile away); Battle on the Skirmish Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); One Brigade Alone (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
Also see . . .
1. North Anna. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
North Anna Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
3. North Anna Battlefield Park
North Anna River Earthworks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
4. North Anna River Earthworks
These earthworks on the Ox Ford, constructed by Gen. Mahone’s men, are located about a ½ mile north of the marker's former location, in the North Anna Battlefield Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,120 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Oct. 3, 2022