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

Colonel Weisiger's Virginians

May 24, 1864 1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

—Gray Trail —

 
Colonel Weisiger's Virginians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
1. Colonel Weisiger's Virginians Marker
Inscription. The five Virginia regiments led by Colonel David A. Weisiger began construction of the trenches before you on the morning of May 24 and continued to work on them during the next two days. The Virginians had been resting quietly near Anderson’s Tavern on the Virginia Central Railroad when a reported Union advance -- a movement begun before noon by Warren’s Fifth Corps -- prompted Lieutenant General A.P. Hill to move the remainder General Mahone’s division here to protect Ox Ford. Four cannon of Lieutenant R. Propser Landry’s Donaldsonville (Louisiana) Artillery added strength to this position.

In May 1864 you would have seen only an open field beyond this trench line. As you walk the line, notice the various styles used by each unit. You will observe wide artillery pits as well as numerous traverses, or short trenches, which protrude back from the main trench. These “side” trenches protected the soldiers from flanking fire from across the river.

“May 24...in first rate breastworks and the boys are only afraid the Yankees will not charge....” John F. Sale, 12th Virginia Infantry

(sidebar)
Presented to the people of the United States in memory of Robert Rawls, Franklin, Virginia, Private, company I, 41st Virginia Infantry, by his grandson, Sol W. Rawls, VMI, 1940,
North Anna Order of Battle. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
2. North Anna Order of Battle.
and great grandson, S. Waite Rawls, III, VMI, 1970.
 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 2.)
 
Location. 37° 53.093′ N, 77° 29.958′ 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. Battle on the Skirmish Line (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ox Ford Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); One Brigade Alone (about 500 feet away); Run for Safety (about 800 feet away); The Heart of Dixie (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); Men from Massachusetts (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
 
More about this marker. On the right are photos of "Anderson's Tavern, post-war" and "A late war trench line,
Stop 2 Map. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
3. Stop 2 Map.
similar in construction to those before you"
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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. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Map Legend image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
4. Map Legend
Stop 2 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
5. Stop 2
Nearby Confederate earthworks with traverses image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
6. Nearby Confederate earthworks with traverses
Nearby Confederate trenchline. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
7. Nearby Confederate trenchline.
North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 18, 2009
8. North Anna Battlefield Park Entrance (Verdon Rd)
North Anna Battlefield Park "Gray" Trail. image. Click for full size.
By The General Crushed Stone Company
9. 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 995 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on June 28, 2014, by Art Taylor of Beaverdam, Va 23015. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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