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Historical Markers in Doswell, Virginia

Clickable Map of Caroline County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Caroline County, VA (64) Essex County, VA (42) Hanover County, VA (282) King and Queen County, VA (27) King George County, VA (22) King William County, VA (44) Spotsylvania County, VA (405) Stafford County, VA (208)  CarolineCounty(64) Caroline County (64)  EssexCounty(42) Essex County (42)  HanoverCounty(282) Hanover County (282)  KingandQueenCounty(27) King and Queen County (27)  KingGeorgeCounty(22) King George County (22)  KingWilliamCounty(44) King William County (44)  SpotsylvaniaCounty(405) Spotsylvania County (405)  StaffordCounty(208) Stafford County (208)
Bowling Green is the county seat for Caroline County
Doswell is in Caroline County
      Caroline County (64)  
      Essex County (42)  
      Hanover County (282)  
      King and Queen County (27)  
      King George County (22)  
      King William County (44)  
      Spotsylvania County (405)  
      Stafford County (208)  
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1 Virginia, Caroline County, Doswell — Z-155 — Caroline County / Hanover County
Caroline County. Area 529 Square Miles. Formed in 1727 from Essex, King and Queen, and King William. Named for Queen Carline, wife of King George II. George Rogers Clark, Conqueror of the Northwest, passed his youth in this . . . Map (db m10642) HM
2 Virginia, Caroline County, Doswell — ND-1 — Early Indian Tool Making Camps
On this site overlooking the North Anna River, archaeological investigations conducted in 2006 in cooperation with Virginia tribes identified toolmaking camps dating to 8000 B.C. Indians used these camps repeatedly, especially from about 1000 B.C. . . . Map (db m10640) HM
3 Virginia, Caroline County, Doswell — E-23 — Lee and Grant
Lee and Grant faced each other on the North Anna, May 23-26, 1864. Union forces crossed here and four miles to the west but found they could not dislodge Lee's center, which rested on the stream. Grant then turned east to Cold Harbor.Map (db m10644) HM
4 Virginia, Caroline County, Doswell — ND-10 — Meadow FarmBirthplace of Secretariat
This famous horsebreeding farm was established in 1936 by Christopher T. Chenery and continued under the management of his daughter, Helen “Penny” Chenery until 1979. Secretariat (1970–-1989), also known as “Big Red,” . . . Map (db m1890) HM
5 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 6 — "Come on to Richmond"May 24, 1864 6:00pm — Gray Trail —
Despite the disaster that had befallen the 35th Massachusetts, General Ledlie became even more determined to secure Ox Ford. Against the orders of his division commander, the drunken general ordered his unsupported brigade to assault the Confederate . . . Map (db m20957) HM
6 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 7 — "Save yourselves if you can"May 24, 1864 6:00 - 7:00pm — Gray Trail —
As the imperiled Union brigade huddled in the ravine before you, General Mahone recognized that their bold assault was unsupported and ordered General Harris to send a regiment from these trenches to attack them. At 6:45 p.m. the 12th Mississippi . . . Map (db m20959) HM
7 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 6 — A Night of AgonyMay 24, 1864 — Blue Trail —
A field hospital was set up beside the river where the wounded were given what little care could be provided in the darkness and rain. The waters of the North Anna were now too high to carry the men to safety, so the Federal soldiers settled . . . Map (db m75005) HM
8 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — ACE Roller Coaster Landmark
The American Coaster Enthusiasts recognize Rebel Yell as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance. Designed by John C. Allen (1907-1979) of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the 92-foot high . . . Map (db m19072) HM
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9 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 10 — Artillery DuelMay 25 - 26, 1864 — Gray Trail —
You are standing before the trench line of the 10th Georgia Battalion, which held the right flank of Wright’s brigade. The Florida brigade and Lane’s artillery battalion held the position across the ravine to your right. On May 25 and 26 cannon and . . . Map (db m20971) HM
10 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — EA-4 — Attack at Ox Ford24 May 1864
A half mile north, a brigade of Union infantry commanded by Brig. Gen. James H. Ledlie struck the center of Lee’s army, which blocked Grant’s approach to Richmond. Formidable earthworks hastily erected by Brig. Gen. William H. Mahone’s division . . . Map (db m21054) HM
11 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 3 — Battle on the Skirmish LineMay 24, 1864 2:00 - 4:00pm — Gray Trail —
Grant misinterpreted Lee’s withdrawal on May 23 and 24 as Confederate weakness and ordered the Army of the Potomac to brush aside any scattered Rebel resistance and advance to Richmond. Major General Ambrose E. Burnside received orders to move his . . . Map (db m20953) HM
12 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Boo Boo's Tree SwingsOpened May, 1975
This "Kiddie Chair Carousel" (as named by the manufacturer Intamin AG of Switzerland) has also operated under names "Totem-Go-Round" and "Hickory Limbs" since its opening debut. A concrete "tree" surrounds the original ride structure. The . . . Map (db m22726) HM
13 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Boulder BumpersOpened May, 1975
The Boulder Bumpers is a miniature version of the Dodgem car ride in Candy Apple Grove. It features two-rider cars, built by Bertazzon of Italy, that run on a 59' x 30' steel-plated floor. the ride structure is painted concrete "boulders". A 70 . . . Map (db m22700) HM
14 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — E-111 — Church Quarter
The two-room log house, a rare survivor of a once-common house type, was built about 1843 probably by Sarah Thornton, whose father-in-law John Thornton acquired the property in 1790. On 16 July 1862, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and his . . . Map (db m21921) HM
15 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 2 — Colonel Weisiger's VirginiansMay 24, 1864 1:00 - 4:00pm — Gray Trail —
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 . . . Map (db m74893) HM
16 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Dead of the North Anna Battlefield
This monument honors all the valiant men who lost their lives on the battlefields of the North Anna May 23-26, 1864 “No more shall the war cry sever, or the winding rivers be red; They banish our anger forever when they laurel the graves of . . . Map (db m15167) HM
17 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 10 — Deadly SkirmishingMay 24, 1864 — Blue Trail —
One of the units that suffered heavily in the skirmish fighting in the woods before you was the 56th Pennsylvania Infantry. The exhausted and depleted nature of the Army of the Potomac was demonstrated by the loss in officers in this veteran . . . Map (db m145751) HM
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18 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 9 — Death Under The TreesMay 25, 1864 — Blue Trail —
At daybreak of May 25, Major General Gouverneur K. Warren advanced his 5th Corps to confront Lieutenant General A. P. Hill's 3rd Corps, extending from Anderson's Tavern to the North Anna River. Connection was soon made with the relieved men of . . . Map (db m145750) HM
19 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 12 — Dig and Dig Some MoreMay 25-26, 1864 — Blue Trail —
The earthworks before you form a unique pattern known as the “V’s”. At first glance, the trenches seem to be without pattern or purpose but they tell the story of the Union defense of the area on May 24-27. The line of trenches on the . . . Map (db m75011) HM
20 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — E-5 — Fork Church
Fork Church was first housed in a 1722 frame building near the present church site. It was known as "The Chapel in the Forks" and derived its name from the nearby confluence of the North and South Anna rivers and the Little and Newfound rivers. The . . . Map (db m21922) HM
21 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 4 — Grant ReactsMay 24, 1864 — Blue Trail —
Although Ledlie's assault resulted in a bloody repulse, Grant clearly understood the Confederates held Ox Ford in strength. The Union General in Chief suddenly realized he had maneuvered the Army of the Potomac into a hazardous position. . . . Map (db m145741) HM
22 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 11 — Griffin's ArtilleryMay 25, 1864 — Blue Trail —
On May 25th, the aggressive Confederate skirmish fire drew the ire of General Charles Griffin, whose division was assigned to fill in the gap between Crawford's men and the main road to the south. As an old artilleryman now commanding an infantry . . . Map (db m145752) HM
23 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Hanover JunctionCritical Intersection — Lee vs. Grant — The 1864 Campaign — Reported missing
This junction was one of the most pivotal sites for the well-being of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army. Known during the war as Hanover Junction, it was the intersection of two important railroads. The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac . . . Map (db m125005) HM
24 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — E-21 — Hanover Junction
Two 19th-century railroads crossed at grade level just east: the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac and the Virginia Central, which ran west to the Shenandoah Valley, the Confederacy’s breadbasket during the Civil War. This junction attained . . . Map (db m14864) HM
25 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — E-22 — Lafayette and Cornwallis
The Marquis de Lafayette and his outnumbered colonial troops abandoned Richmond on 27 May 1781 to avoid Gen. Charles Cornwallis's approaching forces. Lafayette marched north from Richmond through Hanover County and likely crossed the nearby North . . . Map (db m9212) HM
26 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 5 — Ledlie's LegacyMay 24, 1864 — Blue Trail —
Ledlie’s men reached safety after uniting with Colonel Elisha Gaylord Marshall's 9th Corps Provisional brigade. Marshall was a tough West Point graduate who fought on the western frontier and was severely wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg. Ln . . . Map (db m75004) HM
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27 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 2 — Like the Coming of a CycloneMay 24, 1864 6:00 - 6:30pm — Blue Trail —
The fighting pits before you mark the positions of the skirmishers of the 2nd Georgia Battalion of General Ambrose Wright’s Brigade, defending Ox Ford. The Georgians were in a perfect position to fire into the flank of Ledlie’s . . . Map (db m74895) HM
28 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 1 — Men From MassachusettsMay 24, 1864 6:45pm — Blue Trail —
The crack of thunder and flash of lightning echoed across the ravine before you, as the men of Ledlie’s Brigade struggled to survive the relentless Confederate rifle and cannon fire which targeted them with fatal precision. The low . . . Map (db m74894) HM
29 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — North Anna River
General R.E. Lee commanding the Army of Northern Virginia crossed here 22d May 1864 and checked the Army of the Potomac commanded by General U.S. Grant "A crisis in the War Between the States"Map (db m80003) HM
30 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — EA-1 — North Anna River Campaign21-26 May 1864
Approaching Richmond from the north after the Wilderness Campaign, Lt. General U.S. Grant sought to cross the North Anna River and capture the critical rail center at Hanover Junction (Doswell). General R. E. Lee ordered the construction of a . . . Map (db m14867) HM
31 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 4 — One Brigade AloneMay 24, 1864 3:00 - 4:00pm — Gray Trail —
The first unit of the Union Ninth Corps to cross the North Anna was Brigadier General James H. Ledlie’s brigade. His 1,500 infantrymen were ready to advance by 3:00 p.m., despite having been soaked up to their armpits while crossing the river. . . . Map (db m20955) HM
32 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 9 — One More River to CrossMay 24 - 26, 1864 — Gray Trail —
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 . . . Map (db m20967) HM
33 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Ranger Smith's Jeep TourOpened May, 1975
Operating 25 years in the same corner of what was originally called "The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera", this popular children's jeep ride was manufactured by Intamin AG of Switzerland. This "Kiddie Merry Hunting" ride cost about $41,000 in . . . Map (db m22724) HM
34 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 8 — Reinforcements ArriveMay 24, 1864 — Blue trail —
Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford's Union 5th Corps division arrived in support of Crittenden's advance on the afternoon of May 24, 1864. Crawford's men supported Ledlie's ill fated attack by engaging Confederate sharpshooters but what had been . . . Map (db m145749) HM
35 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 7 — River WarMay 24-27, 1864 — Blue Trail —
The rough terrain at Ox Ford discouraged large scale battle, reducing warfare here into a contest between small units and even individual soldiers. The nature of this combat guaranteed both sides would remain in an unfriendly temper for the next . . . Map (db m145742) HM
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36 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 3 — Run for SafetyMay 24, 1864 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm — Blue Trail —
The melee resulting from the combination of a pouring thunderstorm, the boiling mix of five regiments of Union soldiers pursued by three regiments of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia infantrymen - accented by the flashes and smoke of . . . Map (db m74896) HM
37 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 13 — StalemateMay 26-27, 1864 — Blue Trail —
On May 26, General Grant admitted that he finally encountered an unmovable object; Lee's defenses on the North Anna River. His telegram to General Henry Halleck in Washington declared that "to make a direct attack from either wing would cause a . . . Map (db m145740) HM
38 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The Blue Ridge TollwayOpened May, 1975
Built near a wooded section of the park once known as Shady Grove, guests could walk through the woods and watch these ⅘ scale replicas of classic automobiles. The cars are modeled after 1917 Model T Fords. The top speed is about 6 . . . Map (db m20886) HM
39 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The CarrouselKings Dominion — Opened May, 1975 —
actured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, "No. 44" first opened in 1917 at Riverside park in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1938 the ride was sold to Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island, then came to Kings Dominion in 1973 during . . . Map (db m19074) HM
40 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The Eiffel TowerOpened May, 1975
Standing on concrete footers extending sixteen feet below ground, the Eiffel Towers is 331'-6" tall, weighs about 800 tones and is a 1/3 replica of the original. The top observation platform is 275 feet high, and offers a spectacular view of the . . . Map (db m21832) HM
41 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The Fight for North Anna / The North Anna Battlefield
(west side of Marker): The Fight for North Anna On May 21, 1864, Union General Ulysses S. Grant directed the Army of the Potomac away from Spotsylvania Court House in a turning movement toward Hanover Junction, today known as Doswell. . . . Map (db m15164) HM
42 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 5 — The Heart of DixieMay 24, 1864 3:45pm — Gray Trail —
The trenches before you were manned by the soldiers of Brigadier General Nathaniel Harris’ brigade of Mississippians, who had deployed just to the right of Sanders’ Alabamians by 1:00 p.m. on the 24th. The small pits behind the trench line served as . . . Map (db m20956) HM
43 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 8 — The Inverted VMay 23, 1864 6:45pm — Gray Trail —
You are now standing in the tip of the famous “inverted V” position constructed by Lee’s army along the North Anna River. The trenches on your left continued to the Little River, while those on the right anchored on a bend in the North Anna below . . . Map (db m20961) HM
44 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Stop 1 — The Ox Ford RoadMay 23, 1864 11:00am - 8:00pm — Gray Trail —
At 11:00 a.m. six cannon of Major John Lane’s Georgia artillery battalion, followed closely by Brigadier General Edward A. Perry’s weakened 270-man Florida infantry brigade, moved down this road to cover the vital crossing of Ox Ford. As the Union . . . Map (db m20946) HM
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45 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The Scooby-Doo Ghoster CoasterOpened May, 1975
The Scooby-Doo Ghoster Coaster opened in 1974 with Lion Country Safari, making it the first ride to operate at Kings Dominion. The figure 8 layout is patterned after a similar coaster that once ran at Cincinnati's Old Coney amusement park. The . . . Map (db m86390) HM
46 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The Shenandoah Lumber CompanyOpened May, 1975
Patterned after the old flumes built to transport lumber out of the west coast mountains at the turn of the century, this is a classic log flume designed and manufactured for family fun. Water flows through the trough at 3,500 gallons per . . . Map (db m10776) HM
47 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The ShockwaveOpened April, 1986
The second stand-up roller coaster built in the United States, and the first introduced on the east coast. The ride features 2,210 feet of track & a lift hill 93 feet tall. The ride was repainted in 2000 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. . . . Map (db m10754) HM
48 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — The Wave SwingerOpened May, 1975
Built by Zierer, The Wave Swinger is named for its wave-like motion, creating a thrilling experience for guests of all ages. Note the craftmanship of the original oil paintings on the center column and top crown, cleaned and retouched in 1997. . . . Map (db m21836) HM
49 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Turning Lee’s FlankBattle of North Anna River — 1864 Overland Campaign —
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia arrived here at the North Anna River on May 22, 1864. The next day, the Union Army of the Potomac followed, having maneuvered around the Confederates from the Wilderness through Spotsylvania . . . Map (db m73939) HM
50 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — VolcanoThe Blast Coaster — Paramount's Kings Dominion —
Volcano, The Blast Coaster was introduced in 1998, and in 2000 still reigns as the world's first and fastest suspended blast coaster. Riders are blasted 155 feet vertically through the mouth of an active volcano. Volcano, the Blast Coaster is . . . Map (db m17796) HM
51 Virginia, Hanover County, Doswell — Water Works
Water Works is 16 acres of wet family fun, offering a total of 28 water slides and attractions, and free with a paid admission to the park. "Hurricane Reef" first opened in 1992 with 20 water slides, then doubled its size in 1999 with the . . . Map (db m20889) HM
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