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

Battle Commences

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Battle Commences Marker
Inscription. A march of less than three miles from the Glendale battlefield brought the Confederates to this spot at the foot of Malvern Hill. In earlier times it was a peaceful landscape, but on July 1 a line of Union artillery with infantry supports held the crest of the hill, not 800 yards from here. Their position was in front of the West House, which can be seen in the distance. When the Southern infantry arrived in this treeless space those guns opened fire with devastating exploding shells and solid shot. For most of the day the valley of Western Run behind you served as a natural shelter for these soldiers of General D.H. Hillís division.

Late in the afternoon Hillís infantry began its assault against the Union position. George B. Andersonís brigade advanced part way up the hill before stalling and falling back. Other brigades fought to within 200 yards of the Union guns, but were decimated by canister rounds. The gentle slope, combined with extensive field of fire, gave the Union artillery an ideal setting for its destructive work.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park – National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 25.108′ N, 77° 14.824′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker
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2. Malvern Hill - CWPT
Civil War Preservation Trust's efforts to preserve portions of the battlefield.
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is on Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.2 miles north of Carter Mills Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the Malvern Hill Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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. Methodist Parsonage (a few steps from this marker); Willis Church Parsonage (a few steps from this marker); The Gathering Storm (a few steps from this marker); Malvern Hill Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Twilight Action (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Infantry Against Infantry (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Malvern Hill. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Touring Richmondís Battlefields. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. The Seven Days Battle
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By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Battle Commences Marker
. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Methodist Parsonage
Marker is located on the Malvern Hill Battlefield, in front of the ruins of the Methodist Parsonage.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 77 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 Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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