Glendale in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Last Day
Malvern Hill – 1862
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 This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby.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 (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 Harrison’s Landing.”
Regarding The Last Day. This marker was replaced by a new one named A Splendid Field of Battle (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
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.)
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