North Anna River
Jericho Mill, Hanover Junction
Civil War in Virginia
American Civil War
May 23-26, 1864
In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee
The Wilderness Through Cold
For forty days, the armies fought a grinding campaign from the Rapidan River to the James River that helped decide the course of the Civil War. Several of the war's bloodiest engagements occurred in this brief period: the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, the North Anna River, Totopotomoy Creek, Bethesda Church, and Cold
After the 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.
Other Names: Telegraph Road Bridge, Jericho Mill (May 23); Ox Ford, Quarles Mill, Hanover Junction (May 24)
Location: Caroline County and Hanover County
Campaign: Grant's Overland Campaign (May-June 1864) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): May 23-26, 1864
Principal Commanders: Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and Major General George G. Meade [US]; General Robert E. Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: Armies
Estimated Casualties: 4,000 total
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