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

The Ox Ford Road

May 23, 1864 11:00am - 8:00pm

 

—Gray Trail —

 
The Ox Ford Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. The Ox Ford Road Marker
Inscription. At 11:00 a.m. six cannon of Major John Lane’s Georgia artillery battalion, followed closely by Brigadier General Edward A. Perry’s weakened 270-man Florida infantry brigade, moved down this road to cover the vital crossing of Ox Ford. As the Union army threatened to cross the North Anna, eleven cannon of Lieutenant Colonel David G. McIntosh’s artillery battalion, supported by Brigadier General Ambrose “Rans” Wright’s Georgia infantry brigade, raced along the Ox Ford Road to reinforce Lane and went into battery overlooking Ox Ford. By 8:00 p.m. these units, all of Brigadier General William H. Mahone’s Division, had taken positions on the bluffs overlooking the river. Their field of fire covered both the Telegraph Road bridge [Chesterfield bridge] and Ox Ford.

In the exchange of cannon fire that evening Lieutenant Robert S. Pearce, commanding Clutter’s battery of McIntosh’s battalion, received a mortal wound.

Union success at Jericho Mill and against Henagan’s redoubt on the Telegraph Road that same evening forced General Robert E. Lee to fall back to a new line anchored on the North Anna River at Ox Ford. After working through the night of May 23 and early morning of May 24, the Army of Northern Virginia, which Lee had positioned in an “inverted V” capable of splitting Grant’s army into three
North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. North Anna Order of Battle
parts, again lay ready for the inevitable Union advance.

General Lee rode these lines along the Ox Ford Road and proclaimed of his opponent, General Ulysses S. Grant, “If I can get one more pull at him, I will defeat him.”

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The interpretative work in this park has been made possible through the cooperative efforts of the American Battlefield Protection Program [NPS], State of Virginia, Hanover County Parks and Recreation department, and the members of the Blue and Gray Education Society. J. Michael Miller was the historical consultant. Mr. James W. Davis of Flushing, New York, generously replace the ten original 1998 prints with reprints in 2004.
 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop-1.)
 
Location. 37° 53.035′ N, 77° 29.973′ W. Marker is near Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verndon Road 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road. Touch for map. Located along the "Gray" trail in North Anna Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11576 Verdon Rd, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (about 400 feet away,
Stop 1 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 1 Map
measured in a direct line); Battle on the Skirmish Line (about 600 feet away); One Brigade Alone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dead of the North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. ¼ mile away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the left are photos of “Brigadier General William H. Mahone” and the “Telegraph Road Bridge following Federal capture”.
 
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. CWSAC Battle Summaries. North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

2. Civil War Preservation Trust. North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

3. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefield Memorial National Military Park.
Map Legend image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Map Legend
Battle of North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

4. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Stop 1 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Stop 1
The Ox Ford Road Trace image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. The Ox Ford Road Trace
Telegraph Road trace to the east. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2009
7. Telegraph Road trace to the east.
Chesterfield Bridge, North Anna River, Va. image. Click for full size.
By T.H. O'Sullivan, circa May 1864
8. Chesterfield Bridge, North Anna River, Va.
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-68631]
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
9. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By The General Crushed Stone Company
10. North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,882 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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