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 complex web of earthworks here to defend the river crossing and junction. The Union army probed the defenses and captured some of them but soon abandoned the effort and moved east toward Cold Harbor.
Geographic Location: Hanover County
Physical Description of Location: Doswell, VA 23047. Located on Washington Hwy (Hwy 1), 1 mile north of the junction of Washington Hwy (Hwy 1) and Verdon Road. Marker is on the left when traveling north on Washington Hwy (Hwy 1).
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