North Anna, VA
May 23-26, 1864
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North Anna, Hanover, Virginia, United States
Grant’s Overland Campaign
Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade
Army of Northern Virginia
fighting at Spotsylvania Court House, Grant
continued his Overland Offensive against Lee’s
Army of Northern Virginia.
He was brought
up short on the North Anna River by Lee’s
widely studied “hog snout line,” which forced
Grant to divide his army into three parts in order to attack.
On May 23, 1864,
one of A.P. Hill’s divisions
assaulted the V Corps which had crossed the river at Jericho Mill,
resulting in bloody see-saw fighting.
On the 24th,
Union infantry was repulsed at Ox Ford (the snout) but advanced to near
the Doswell House on the Confederate right.
Lee hoped to strike an
offensive blow, but he was ill, and the opportunity for defeating an
isolated part of the Federal army passed.
Once the threat
of Lee’s position was revealed,
Grant withdrew both wings of the army
back across the North Anna River.
Grant outflanked the position by
moving downstream and continued his advance on Richmond.
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