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 anchored the Confederate battle line at Ox Ford on the North Anna River. Although instructed to use "utmost caution," Ledlie, fortified with alcohol, ordered a charge. His men were bloodily repulsed and suffered more than 200 casualties, while Mahone lost about 50. On 27 May Grant withdrew toward Totopotomoy Creek.
Year On Marker: 2011
Geographic Location: Hanover County
Physical Description of Location: 11572 Verdon Rd. Doswell, VA 23047. Marker is on right when traveling northwest on Verdon Road at entrance to North Anna River park.
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