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Battle of North Anna – This Day in Civil War history


The Battle of North Anna was fought 150 years ago on May 23rd through 25th,1864.

grant_standing_promoThe fighting had ended at Spotsylvania Court House, and General Grant continued his offensive against Lee’s Army.

But Grant was brought up short on the North Anna River by Lee’s “hog snout line.” Grant was forced to divide his army into three parts for the attack.

One of A.P. Hill’s divisions assaulted the V Corps at Jericho Mill, resulting in bloody back and forth fighting. On the second day, Union infantry were repulsed at Ox Ford (the snout) but they advanced to the Doswell House on the Confederate right.  Lee had hoped to strike an offensive blow, but because of  illness, the opportunity for defeating the isolated part of the Federal army passed. Once Lee’s position was revealed, Grant withdrew both wings of the army back across the North Anna River. Grant outflanked the position when he moved downstream and continued his advance on Richmond.

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