Doswell in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
May 24, 1864
—Blue Trail —
“While we lay in the woods, the clouds, which in the morning looked dark and portentous, assumed a darker hue, and in a short time the rain fell in torrents; the blinding flashes of lightning, joined with the deep rumble of the thunder, produced a scene of gloom if not of terror. As it grew dark the ﬁring had ceased, and it now seemed as if the powers on high alone were in contention."
History of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry
The morale of Marshall's men suffered from the beaten and bloody boys coming into their lines. No doubt motivated by fear that whatever force had devastated their comrades might also come for them, the men of the Provisional Brigade quickly began constructing log and earthen breastworks. The night rang for hours with the sounds of digging and chopping of wood, while the beaten and demoralized soldiers of Ledlie’s
Private Vincent DeLong of the 24th New York Dismounted Cavalry felt little sympathy for Ledlie’s Brigade, particularly the two regular regiments. He recorded in his diary, “nothing of much importance took plase only the 4 and 10 regulars run like sheap…”
(left) Colonel Elisha Gaylord Marshall
(center) Private Vincent DeLong
(right) Order of Battle
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. (Marker Number Stop 5.)
Location. 37° 53.464′ N, 77° 29.688′ W. Marker is in Doswell, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker can be reached from 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 Rd, Doswell VA 23047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Night of Agony (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dig and Dig Some More (about 700 feet away); One More River to Cross (approx. ¼ mile away); The Inverted V (approx. ¼ mile away); Like the Coming of a Cyclone (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Save yourselves if you can" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Men from Massachusetts (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Come on to Richmond" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Doswell.
Also see . . . North Anna Battlefield Park. Hanover County Parks & Recreation (Submitted on July 3, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.