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

The Battle of Malvern Hill

Advance of the Excelsior Regiments

 
 
Advance of the Excelsior Regiments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Advance of the Excelsior Regiments Marker
Inscription. “We reached the field; here were wounded men and the dead, but we heeded them not. We relieved the 7th New York Regiment and poured in a hot fire; still they kept the field, men falling all round, but our only thought was to fire as fast as possible.”
- H. C. Ford, 72nd New York Infantry

The earliest Confederate attacks on this part of the battlefield came from across Western Run, a stream located several hundred yards to the northeast. Men from Couch’s division stopped these attacks without great exertion, but ammunition dwindled and Confederate troops began to accumulate on the edge of the hill.

General Couch called for reinforcements and received six fresh regiments. Two of them, under the supervision of 27-year-old Francis C. Barlow, established a line of battle here in the open field just to the right of this road. They soon were joined by two other regiments from Daniels Sickles’s Excelsior Brigade of New York City.

Colonel Nelson Taylor’s 72nd New York approached the front lines along this very farm lane: “I moved my regiment … up a narrow road on the left of [a] piece of woods until I reached an open field on the right skirted on three sides by woods, and in this field our forces were engaging the enemy …”
 
Location. 37° 
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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25.002′ N, 77° 14.774′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.2 miles north of Carter Mills Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located along a hiking trail that passes through the 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Attacks Stall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 300 feet away); Twilight Action (about 500 feet away); Malvern Hill Trail (about 500 feet away); Methodist Parsonage (about 700 feet away); Battle Commences (about 700 feet away); Willis Church Parsonage (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains photographs of two Union officers. They have captions of “At Malvern Hill Col. Nelson Taylor commanded the 72nd New York, part of Sickles’s brigade. Taylor later became a brigadier general, but resigned from the army in January 1863.” And “Francis C. Barlow, who ended the war a major
The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker
general, was a colonel when he led two Second Corps regiments into the fray here at Malvern Hill.” The right of the marker contains a map of the hiking trail at Malvern Hill.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Barlow's Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Barlow's Advance
Barlow's regiments advanced into the open fields near the modern wood line, relieving portions of Couch's line.
The Battle of Malvern Hill Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. The Battle of Malvern Hill Trail Map
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then and 85 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, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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