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

Men From Massachusetts

May 24, 1864 6:45pm

— Blue Trail —

Men from Massachusetts Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
1. Men from Massachusetts Marker
Inscription.  The crack of thunder and flash of lightning echoed across the ravine before you, as the men of Ledlie’s Brigade struggled to survive the relentless Confederate rifle and cannon fire which targeted them with fatal precision. The low ground offered some cover to the desperate men from Massachusetts, who paid a deadly price for their attack. The open ground ahead proved impossible to move through, but to withdraw meant falling back without orders.

The sight of the 12th Mississippi Infantry coming over the Rebel earthworks ahead of them decided the matter, and Ledlie’s soldiers began the sprint back to safety. Lieutenant Colonel Chandler, leading the 57th Massachusetts, halted the nearby commander of the 56th Massachusetts, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Weld, shouting, “Weld, what are you going to do?" Weld responded, "I don’t know.” Chandler replied, "I am going to rally my men and try to make a stand.” Weld fatefully answered, “I will join you.”

However, before Chandler and Weld could rally more than sixty men individually, Colonel Merry B. Harris’ men fixed a volley from
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only 40 yards away, sweeping away the remaining fragments of the Union defense. Chandler sank into the mud, mortally wounded, while Weld was wounded in the side. The Federal survivors ran for the woods behind them, chased by the howling soldiers from Mississippi.

(left) Lieutenant Colonels Charles Chandler and Stephen Weld
(center) Colonel Merry B. Harris

Presented to the people of the United States by Colonel and Mrs. Benjamin C. Buckley of Virginia.
Erected 2014 by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 1.)
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° 53.181′ N, 77° 29.701′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verdon Road (Virginia Route 684) 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road (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 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. "Come on to Richmond" (within shouting distance of this marker); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (within shouting distance of this marker); "Save yourselves if you can"
Men From Massachusetts Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Blue & Gray Education Society
2. Men From Massachusetts Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Run for Safety (about 400 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (about 400 feet away); Grant Reacts (about 500 feet away); The Inverted V (about 600 feet away); One Brigade Alone (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. Northa Anna Battlefield Park "Blue 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 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.) 
Men from Massachusetts Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
3. Men from Massachusetts Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2014, by Art Taylor of Beaverdam, Va 23015. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 6 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 October 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023