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

Like the Coming of a Cyclone

May 24, 1864 6:00 - 6:30pm

 

— Blue Trail —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
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Inscription.  The fighting pits before you mark the positions of the skirmishers of the 2nd Georgia Battalion of General Ambrose Wright’s Brigade, defending Ox Ford. The Georgians were in a perfect position to fire into the flank of Ledlie’s assaulting columns without being detected.

“We were ordered forward, in some places a difficult thing to do, as the face of the ravine was almost perpendicular, but by dint of perseverance, we were finally mustered, tired and out at breath, upon the plateau above…a noise like the coming of a cyclone or at herd of steers reached our ears... Tinsley and myself each had a good tree for protection, and with guns ready, determined to hold our ground.

The noise coming nearer but evidently passing across our front, we distinguished the left files of three columns passing across our front. Discharging our guns into the flanks of their first line, loading and firing as fast as we could…the fire was returned with interest, the bark flying as the bullets struck the trees.”
E. A. Shiver, 2nd Georgia Battalion

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By Blue & Gray Education Society
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A Federal attack during the Overland Campaign, May 1864.
(right) Two of the soldiers of the 56th Massachusetts who were Wounded in Action at Ox Ford on May 24, 1864: Sergeants Charles W. Boyer and Walter Cook.

Presented to the people of the United States by Jeanette and Carl Christman of Kansas.
 
Erected 2014 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° 53.217′ N, 77° 29.723′ 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 (Virginia 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. Run for Safety (within shouting distance of this marker); Men From Massachusetts (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Reacts (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Come on to Richmond" (about 300 feet away); "Save yourselves if you can"
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By Bernard Fisher, October 26, 2014
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(about 400 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (about 400 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. North 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, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

4. North Anna Battlefield Park Sign Project. Blue & Gray Education Society (Submitted on February 26, 2020.) 
 
 
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 466 times since then and 2 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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