The North Anna Battlefield

We made it in to marker #9 that is on a bluff  that overlooks the north anna river which you can hear more than see, even with the leaves off the trees.

Althea took these photos of running cedar which she loves!

The only way I could get close  to the river was by going to the middle of the bridge looking down river on New Market Mill Road. Which turns out to be the Little River right above the fall line.

May 1864. North Anna River, Virginia. “Soldiers bathing. Ruins of Richmond & Fredericksburg railroad bridge in the distance.” Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Timothy H. O’Sullivan. Library of Congress.

May 1864. “Virginia. Pontoon bridge across the North Anna River below Taylor’s Bridge.” Wet plate glass negative by Timothy O’Sullivan.

The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of the North Anna River and are some of the most striking of the war.



4 Responses to “The North Anna Battlefield”

  1. 1 boatdog
    December 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Ha… your “possibly related posts” turned up my “pretty for boating” post: http://boatdog.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/pretty-for-boating/

  2. 3 boatdog
    December 6, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Let me know if you want to go to N Anna Falls sometime…. Though I’d recommend waiting until hunting season is over! I’d be interested in going to the Little River Falls also. …went there last Summer on my motorcycle, but got paranoid about trespassing with my bike parked right there by the bridge.

  3. 4 O3
    December 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    The North Anna Battlefield is located north of Verdon Road in the Doswell area. It was there in May 1864 that historians say Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee missed his last opportunity to inflict a decisive defeat upon the Union army of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
    Grant’s army had broken into three parts and Lee positioned his army behind the steep bank of the North Anna River in such a way that he could throw a large force upon any segment of Grant’s army. However, Lee fell ill and the attack was not made, allowing Grant to abandon his position and march east towards Totopotomoy Creek.
    Historian Michael Miller called it “one of the greatest battles never fought” when the property was dedicated to Hanover County by General Crushed Stone in 1992. According to the National Park Service, “Lee had lost his last, and perhaps best, chance of defeating the Union army.”

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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