Harris, Public Information Officer, 804-365-6402
Studley Road Vista Offers Glimpse Into Past
you look out over the fields east of the Civil War monuments at
Enon United Methodist Church on Studley Road, in a sense it's like
stepping back in time.
One of the Civil War's biggest cavalry battles was fought in those fields
on May 28, 1864 - the battle of Haw's Shop.
"The vista has not changed one bit since 1864," says David
Ruth, assistant superintendent of the National Park Service in Richmond.
"It's a great example of the kind of unique historic assets that
Hanover County possesses."
The battle was named after a nearby machine shop that no longer exists.
However, the home of John Haw, which served as a field hospital during
the battle, is still a residence.
A precursor to the battle of Cold Harbor, the engagement between Union
and Confederate cavalry was a bloody stalemate until the arrival of a
Michigan brigade commanded by Gen. George Armstrong Custer, whose place
in history was sealed a decade later in the Battle of Little Bighorn.
The National Park Service would like to preserve Haw's Shop and
other nationally significant battlefields in Hanover County and
will work with willing sellers. For more information call 804-226-1981,