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

Colonel Weisiger's Virginians

May 24, 1864 1:00 - 4:00pm

 

— Gray Trail —

 
Colonel Weisiger's Virginians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. Colonel Weisiger's Virginians Marker
Inscription.  The five Virginia regiments led by Colonel David A. Weisiger began construction of the trenches before you on the morning of May 24 and continued to work on them during the next two days. The Virginians had been resting quietly near Anderson’s Tavern on the Virginia Central Railroad when a reported Union advance -- a movement begun before noon by Warren’s Fifth Corps -- prompted Lieutenant General A.P. Hill to move the remainder General Mahone’s division here to protect Ox Ford. Four cannon of Lieutenant R. Propser Landry’s Donaldsonville (Louisiana) Artillery added strength to this position.

In May 1864 you would have seen only an open field beyond this trench line. As you walk the line, notice the various styles used by each unit. You will observe wide artillery pits as well as numerous traverses, or short trenches, which protrude back from the main trench. These “side” trenches protected the soldiers from flanking fire from across the river.

“May 24...in first rate breastworks and the boys are only afraid the Yankees will not charge....” John F. Sale, 12th Virginia Infantry

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Presented
Colonel Weisiger's Virginians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Blue & Gray Education Society
2. Colonel Weisiger's Virginians Marker
to the people of the United States in memory of Robert Rawls, Franklin, Virginia, Private, company I, 41st Virginia Infantry, by his grandson, Sol W. Rawls, VMI, 1940, and great grandson, S. Waite Rawls, III, VMI, 1970.

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Anderson's Tavern, post-war
A late war trench line, similar in construction to those before you
 
Erected 1998 by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 2.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 53.093′ N, 77° 29.958′ 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. Battle on the Skirmish Line (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ox Ford Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); One Brigade Alone (about 500 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Run for Safety
Stop 2 Map. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 2 Map.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Dead of the North Anna Battlefield (approx. ¼ mile away); The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield (approx. ¼ mile away); Men From Massachusetts (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 "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 2 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Stop 2
Nearby Confederate earthworks with traverses image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Nearby Confederate earthworks with traverses
Nearby Confederate trenchline. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. Nearby Confederate trenchline.
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
7. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By The General Crushed Stone Company
8. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,148 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on June 28, 2014, by Art Taylor of Beaverdam, Va 23015. Photos:   1. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 25, 2020.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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