Dig and Dig Some More Historical

Dig and Dig Some More Historical (HM1X6N)

Location: Doswell, VA 23047 Hanover County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 53.487', W 77° 29.821'

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May 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 right are the first built here, hastily constructed by Crawford and Crittenden's divisions, isolated after the repulse of Ledlie's brigade. The defense line is shaped like a horseshoe, with the flanks anchored on the steep banks of the North Anna.

The trench line branching off to the left was built by Crawford's Pennsylvanians and the rest of the 5th Corps divisions marching to their rescue on May 25, and then improved until the Federal forces withdrew from the North Anna River on May 27. Once these earthworks were completed, Lee lost any opportunity of striking a decisive blow at the Union army in this area. Fierce skirmish battles took place in the wooded areas behind you but no Confederate attack was attempted. Although still in command of the Army of Northern Virginia, General Lee remained confined to his tent with a virulent attack of diarrhea, repeating aloud, "We must strike them a blow, we must never let them pass us again, we must strike them a blow."

"Making Parallels" by Alfred Waud (Library of Congress)

Donated to the People of the United States by Arthur H. Taylor III of Virginia
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HM NumberHM1X6N
Year Placed2014
Placed ByBlue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280428 N 4196710
Decimal Degrees37.89145000, -77.49701667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 53.487', W 77° 29.821'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 53' 29.22" N, 77° 29' 49.26" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Doswell VA 23047, US
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