May 24, 1864 3:00pm - 4:00pmThe 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. Unfortunately for the Federals, one of the worst generals in the Union army commanded them. Ledlie had commanded the brigade for only seven days and had obtained little knowledge of his men. Worse, the general had consumed a large amount of whiskey and was dreadfully drunk when he led his men into battle. When he approached the Confederate trenches in the area before you, Ledlie ordered one of his regiments to test the Confederate line. The 35th Massachusetts advanced into what was then an open field but were easily routed. The survivors hurriedly returned to the relative safety of Ledlie's main battle line.
|Marker Number||Stop 4|
|Placed By||Blue & Gray Education Association, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 7:42pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 280352 N 4196059|
|Decimal Degrees||37.88556667, -77.49768333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 53.134', W 77° 29.861'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 53' 8.04" N, 77° 29' 51.66" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 11530 Verdon Rd, Doswell VA 23047, US|
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