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

“Save yourselves if you can”

May 24, 1864 6:00 - 7:00pm

 

—Gray Trail —

 
"Save yourselves if you can" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. "Save yourselves if you can" Marker
Inscription. As the imperiled Union brigade huddled in the ravine before you, General Mahone recognized that their bold assault was unsupported and ordered General Harris to send a regiment from these trenches to attack them. At 6:45 p.m. the 12th Mississippi came out of its earthworks and ran down the slope to your front, firing a volley at point blank range. Simultaneously, the 8th and 11th Alabama hit the exposed Union right flank. Ledlie’s men broke for the safety of the trees behind them. Several Union commanders tried to rally their men but to no avail. The most prominent among them, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Chandler of the 57th Massachusetts, fell mortally wounded into the muddy ravine. Colonel Merry B. Harris, commanding the 12th Mississippi, ordered Chandler brought into the Confederate line, where he died only hours later.

“Mrs. T. P. Chandler,
Brookline Mass.,
“Yesterday...during a flag of truce...Colonel Harris, 12th Mississippi Regiment, came to me, and requested me to write to you that Lieut.-Col Charles L. Chandler, 57th Mass. Regt. fell mortally wounded May 24th, 1864.... He lived for some hours, and was kindly cared for by Colonel Harris, who has his watch, money, diary, and photograph of a young lady, in his possession.... The articles were at the rear yesterday, otherwise he would have forwarded
Stop 7 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. Stop 7 Map
them through me. Colonel Harris said, Lieutenant Colonel Chandler died happy, and desired him to give his love to his family and friends....”
Your obedient Servant,
A. Manning Wright,
Capt, 57th Reg’t N.Y.V Inf’y”


Harris’ action inspired the regimental historian of the 57th Massachusetts to remark, “Such noble characters do honor even to a bad cause.”

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Presented to the people of the United States in memory of Kathleen E. Wheeler, Grandniece of Cpl. Michael Shortell, 7th Wisconsin Volunteers, by her family, friends, and members of the Blue and Gray Education Society.
 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 7.)
 
Location. 37° 53.204′ N, 77° 29.633′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from Verndon Road 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road, on the right when traveling west. 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. "Come on to Richmond" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Inverted V
North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. North Anna Order of Battle
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Men from Massachusetts (about 400 feet away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (about 400 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 600 feet away); One More River to Cross (about 700 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (about 800 feet away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the right is D.J. Neary's painting Even to Hell Itself with the caption, “Lieutenant Colonel Chandler attempts to rally his men, as the 12th Mississippi moves toward the Union line.” On the upper right is a photo of “Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Chandler”.
 
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. Battle of North Anna. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 

4. North Anna Battlefield Park
<i>Even To Hell Itself</i>, The Battle of North Anna image. Click for full size.
By D.J. Neary
4. Even To Hell Itself, The Battle of North Anna
Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Chandler rallying the 57th Massachusetts Infantry at Ox Ford, Virginia. May 24, 1864
. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Stop 7 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Stop 7
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,005 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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