One of the most interesting Civil War landscapes in Virginia is, without a doubt, the North Anna Battlefield Park, in Hanover County. In the early 1990's, nearly 80 acres were set aside by a quarry company, containing most of the west face of General Lee's "Inverted V" trenchline, with its apex on a bluff overlooking Ox Ford. Here, just days after the culmination of the Spotsylvania Campaign, the Army of Northern Virginia had Grant and Meade's forces precariously straddling the North Anna, with three corps dangerously susceptible to piecemeal annihilation. Due to the ineptness of his lieutenants at the time, and suffering from a debilitating intestinal ailment, Lee was not able to take advantage of the situation and thus lost his last realistic opportunity for a southern victory in the war.
Now maintained by the Hanover County's Parks and Recreation Department, the park offers a finely interpreted trail system that follows along much of the old Ox Ford Road and sections of the Confederate trenches. With a grand opening on May 24, 2014, the new trails will cover ground north of the current park, following the advance and retreat routes of the hapless, Union General James H. Ledlie's 9th Corps Brigade, as well as an elaborate set of earthworks constructed by Samuel Crawford's Division of the 5th Corps. Your blog host took an advance look at the progress on March 11, 2014.
The new, 90 acre section, has more than doubled the total land now protected, up from 75 acres.
The trail leads to a nice view of the North Anna, looking toward the falls just north of Ox Ford.
Further upstream, on a high bluff, are the entrenched works of Crawford's Division of the 5th Corps.
Hanover County Parks and Rec. employees are busy blazing the new trail to have it ready for May.
Looks nice, I look forward to getting out there. BTW: Been to the county park at Cold Harbor? Nice trails interesting stuff.
What is available for handicapped persons to view the battlefield? My great great grandfather owned that property and operated Jerico Mill. I need to be able to park and unload my scooter there. I am unable to ride a bus. Your help is appreciated. Marie Cunningham, 252 955 3263
You should contact Hanover County to see what accommodations they have in place for handicapped persons. Here is a link with information on this event and a phone and email contact:http://www.hanovercounty.gov/News/County/May-24-North-Anna-Event-Details/
Bad news for me. Park service says it would be difficult for a handicappes person to take the path down to the river. Your pics are great and thanks for posting. This property belonged to my gg grandfather William Thomas Quarles therefore I'm a history lover especially the civil war. During his day this was Moss Side.
I am very sorry you will not be able to come out on the 24th. Thank you so much for the information on your family's property. If you would please email me I would like to have further discussions with you regarding the history of the Quarles site. My email address is near the top of the blog page.
Are these new trails on the property purchase by the civil war trust a while back?
Are comments here still added?
To answer a question, no, these trails are not on any of the property that the CWT is acquiring. This was all land donated by the quarry company neighboring the park.
Bradley, all comments go through moderation before publication. Sometimes they are not dealt with immediately due to scheduling.
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