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

One More River to Cross

May 24 - 26, 1864

 

—Gray Trail —

 
One More River to Cross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. One More River to Cross Marker
Inscription. From the gun pits served by McIntosh’s artillery battalion, you can easily see the natural strength of the Confederate position. The repulse of Ledlie’s brigade served as a warning to Grant that Lee was still on the North Anna in great strength and would fight to hold his line. On the evening of May 24, Grant found his army divided by the river into three parts.

Lee, due to personal illness, was unable to take advantage of Grant’s mistake. During the time when the enemy was most vulnerable to attack, Lee lay in his tent, repeating over and over again, “We must strike them a blow -- we must never let them pass us again -- we must strike them a blow.”

The Union army quickly dug in on each side of Lee’s “Inverted V” which resulted in siege warfare for the following two days. Periods of rain turned the trenches on both sides into mud baths and the ever-present sharpshooters on both sides forced the soldiers to stay low in their positions.

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Presented to the people of the United States by Joseph F. Chance of Virginia.
 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop-9.)
 
Location. 37° 53.28′ 
Stop 9 Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. Stop 9 Map
N, 77° 29.514′ 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, 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. The Inverted V (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Save yourselves if you can" (about 700 feet away); Artillery Duel (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Come on to Richmond" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ledlie's Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away); The Heart of Dixie (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the right are photos of “General Robert E. Lee” and “Union soldiers in a trench line along the North Anna River”.
 
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
3. 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. War, US Civil
 
North Anna Order of Battle image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. North Anna Order of Battle
Stop 9 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Stop 9
North Anna River Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. North Anna River Overlook
Confederate trenchline overlooking Ox Ford image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
7. Confederate trenchline overlooking Ox Ford
Ox Ford on the North Anna River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 8, 2002
8. Ox Ford on the North Anna River
Ox Ford Road cuts through the bluff on the south bank of the North Anna River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 8, 2002
9. Ox Ford Road cuts through the bluff on the south bank of the North Anna River
North Anna River, Va. Federal troops occupying line of breastworks on the north bank image. Click for full size.
By Timothy H. O'Sullivan, May 1864
10. North Anna River, Va. Federal troops occupying line of breastworks on the north bank
Library of Congress [LC-USZC6-44]
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
11. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By The General Crushed Stone Company
12. 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 1,157 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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