Near Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
One More River to Cross
May 24 - 26, 1864
—Gray Trail —
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.
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′ 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. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.)
4. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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 1,142 times since then and 40 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.