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Glendale in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Last Day

Malvern Hill – 1862

 
 
The Last Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. The Last Day Marker
Inscription.
July 1, 1862
Porter positions artillery seemingly hub to hub across this half-mile crest. In front, fields slope down to woods and swamp – a tough place to form a charge. As Confederates launch disjointed assaults, Federal cannon like giant shotguns saturate the open ground with canister and grapeshot.

“Over five thousand dead and wounded men were on the ground,” a Union officer reported next dawn, “but enough were alive and moving to give the field a singular crawling effect.”
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 24.778′ N, 77° 15.016′ W. Marker was in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker was on Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the pavilion near the Malvern Hill Battlefield parking lot on the west side of Willis Church Road. Marker was in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A Splendid Field of Battle (here, next to this marker); Malvern Hill
Malvern Hill - CWPT image. Click for more information.
2. Malvern Hill - CWPT
Civil War Preservation Trust's efforts to preserve portions of the battlefield.
Click for more information.
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Valor vs. Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield of Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Landscape (about 400 feet away); Seven Days Battles (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of Union artillery repelling the July 1, 1862 Confederate assault. The bottom left features a picture of Union troops at the James River. It has the caption “Malvern Hill was the last of the Seven Days. After successfully defending their ground, Federal troops continued their withdrawal to Harrisons Landing.”
 
Regarding The Last Day. This marker was replaced by a new one named A Splendid Field of Battle (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .
Battlefield Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Battlefield Pavilion
The stop features an audio recording describing the battle.

1. Malvern Hill. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cannon Near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Cannon Near the Marker
This photo was taken from just in front of the marker. It shows the fields over which the Confederates advanced on July 2, 1862.
Union Artillery on Malvern Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Union Artillery on Malvern Hill
Artillery placed at this location blunted the Confederate attack long enough to allow the rest of the Army of the Potomac time to retreat to Harrison's Landing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 860 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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