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

The Battle of Malvern Hill

Stonewall Jackson’s Men Threaten the Union Right

 
 
The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker
Inscription.
“There was no cessation or diminution yet of the enemy’s fire – musketry here – which swept the field to such an extent that it was difficult to believe anything could escape unhurt.”
- Lt. McHenry Howard, Confederate staff officer

The 15,000 men of Stonewall Jackson brought to the battlefield saw little action on July 1 before dusk. Responding then to calls for help from other hard-pressed Confederates, Jackson sent most of two divisions up the front slope of Malvern Hill just east of “The Parsonage.”

The attack sputtered out almost immediately. Units collided in the growing darkness, or wandered unguided into the swampy woods. Parts of four different brigades managed to find positions along this little ridge, where they delivered effective volleys through the twilight, primarily against Sickles and Barlow. Only the arrival of total darkness stopped the action here.

The fighting on the northeast end of Malvern Hill offers a partial explanation of how the Union army surprisingly lost 3,000 men killed and wounded. Although this battle is justly famous for the dominance of Union artillery, there still were many bitter, close-quarters infantry actions that led to large numbers of casualties.

“Our regiment had orders to fire … we made it count while
Malvern Hill - CWPT image. Click for more information.
2. Malvern Hill - CWPT
Civil War Preservation Trust's efforts to preserve portions of the battlefield.
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we was at it there wasent won man flinched in our regiment. I felt it my duty to stand till I fell or conquered.”

- William Harman, 65th New York Infantry

 
Location. 37° 25.049′ N, 77° 14.791′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located along a hiking trail of the Malvern Hill Battlefield that passes through a parking lot on the east side of Willis Church Road. Marker is 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 marker. Infantry Against Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Twilight Action (within shouting distance of this marker); Malvern Hill Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Methodist Parsonage (about 400 feet away); Battle Commences (about 400 feet away); Willis Church Parsonage (about 500 feet away); The Gathering Storm (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker features a photograph of Gen. Winder, with the caption “Brigadier
Malvern Hill Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Malvern Hill Battle Map from Marker
In both the Union and Confederate front lines, regiments from different brigades, sometimes even from different divisions and corps, found themselves fighting side by side.
General Charles S. Winder’s
brigade was engaged on this part of the field. Winder would be killed less than two months later, on August 9, 1862, at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.” The center of the marker contains a photograph of Gen. Sickles, with the caption “Brigadier General Daniel E. Sickles would eventually become a major general and command the Third Corps. One year later, on July 2, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg, Sickles was severely wounded and had to have his right leg amputated.” The right of the marker has a battle map showing troop positions and movements during the July 1, 1862 battle.
 
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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The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker
Clash of Infantry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
5. Clash of Infantry
Looking south across the battlefield toward the West House. In this area the infantry of the two armies clashed face to face.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,387 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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