Ledlie's Legacy

Ledlie's Legacy (HM1HHD)

Location: Doswell, VA 23047 Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 53.464', W 77° 29.688'

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May 24, 1864

— Blue Trail —

Ledlie's men reached safety after uniting with Colonel Elisha Gaylord Marshall's 9th Corps Provisional brigade. Marshall was a tough West Point graduate who fought on the western frontier and was severely wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg. Ln contrast, Marshall's brigade consisted of dismounted cavalrymen and heavy artillerymen accustomed to defending Northern cities, not the heavily wooded ravines before you, echoing eerily with triumphant rebel yells.

"While we lay in the woods, the clouds, which in the morning looked dark and portentous, assumed a darker hue, and in a short time the rain fell in torrents; the blinding flashes of lightning, joined with the deep rumble of the thunder, produced a scene of gloom if not of terror. As it grew dark the firing had ceased, and it now seemed as if the powers on high alone were in contention."
History of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry

The morale of Marshall's men suffered from the beaten and bloody boys coming into their lines. No doubt motivated by fear that whatever force had devastated their comrades might also come for them, the men of the Provisional Brigade quickly began constructing log and earthen breastworks. The night rang for hours with the sounds of digging and chopping of wood, while the beaten and demoralized soldiers of Ledlie's Brigade gladly took refuge by the river.

Private Vincent DeLong of the 24th New York Dismounted Cavalry felt little sympathy for Ledlie's Brigade, particularly the two regular regiments. He recorded in his diary, "nothing of much importance took plase only the 4 and 10 regulars run like sheap..."

(left) Colonel Elisha Gaylord Marshall
(center) Private Vincent DeLong
(right) Order of Battle

Presented to the people of the United States by Anne Skelly of California.
Historical PeriodCivil War, 17th Century
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker NumberStop 5
Year Placed2014
Placed ByBlue & Gray Education Society, Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:53pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280622 N 4196663
Decimal Degrees37.89106667, -77.49480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 53.464', W 77° 29.688'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 53' 27.8400" N, 77° 29' 41.2800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)804
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
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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