Historian: Gordon Rhea
Description: (Moderate to Heavy Walking) This tour will follow in the footsteps of Grant and Lee as they maneuver from Spotsylvania Court House to the North Anna River. We will start at Massaponax Church, the nerve center for the Union withdrawal from Spotsylvania Court House, and then visit the little-known site of Stannard’s Mill, where Richard Ewell erected the Confederate defensive line along the Po River. We will drive from there to Mt. Carmel Church, Union command center for the fighting at the North Anna River. After visiting Henagan’s Redoubt and Chesterfield Bridge, we will take a lunch and port-a-potty break at Hanover County’s North Anna Battlefield Park. During the afternoon, we will undertake the more strenuous portion of the tour, following the North Anna Battlefield Park’s trails to Ox Ford and to the site of James Ledlie’s unfortunate attack against the entrenched Confederate line. As time permits, we will visit the sites at Jericho Mills and Hanover Junction.
We will be covering a lot of ground and visiting several sites on private land that are not accessible to the general public. Virginia in the summer can be hot and buggy, so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some bug repellent.
Tour Stops: Massaponnax Church, Stannard’s Mill, Mt. Carmel Church, Hennagan’s Redoubt and Chesterfield Bridge, North Anna Battlefield