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

Attack at Ox Ford

24 May 1864

 
 
Attack at Ox Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2005
1. Attack at Ox Ford Marker
Marker was missing during a return visit on 4/21/2007.
Inscription. A half mile north, a brigade of Union infantry commanded by Brig. Gen. James H. Ledlie struck the center of Leeís army, which blocked Grantís approach to Richmond. Formidable earthworks hastily erected by Brig. Gen. William H. Mahoneís division anchored the Confederate battle line at Ox Ford on the North Anna River. Although instructed to use “utmost caution,” Ledlie, fortified with alcohol, ordered a charge. His men were bloodily repulsed and suffered more than 200 casualities, while Mahone lost about 50. On 27 May, Grant withdrew toward Totopotomoy Creek.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number EA-4.)
 
Location. 37° 52.733′ N, 77° 30.312′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is on Verdon Road (Virginia Route 684) 0.2 miles west of New Market Mill Road (Virginia Route 685), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11576 Verdon Road, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turning Leeís Flank (here, next to this marker); The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dead of the North Anna Battlefield
Attack at Ox Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
2. Attack at Ox Ford Marker
A new replacement marker is now in place as of May 2014.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ox Ford Road (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Weisiger's Virginians (approx. half a mile away); Battle on the Skirmish Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); One Brigade Alone (approx. 0.6 miles away); Run for Safety (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
Also see . . .
1. North Anna. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
North Anna Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
3. North Anna Battlefield Park
North Anna River Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
4. North Anna River Earthworks
These earthworks on the Ox Ford, constructed by Gen. Mahoneís men, are located about a ½ mile north of the marker's former location, in the North Anna Battlefield Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 927 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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