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

The Battle of Malvern Hill

Couch Defends 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. Although the best known fighting on July 1, 1862, occurred across the road to the west, half of the battlefield is situated here, in front of the West House. Union infantrymen of General Darius Couch’s division occupied the far forward slope of Malvern Hill in front of you. More than one dozen cannon posted here along this gentle crest cemented the position. Couch’s men outdistanced their artillery by several hundred yards in front, very near the Confederate lines. One New York regiment advanced so far it lost several men to friendly fire from these guns. On most Civil War battlefields the artillery and infantry were closer together, often providing mutual support.

Soldiers from General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s wing of the Confederate army anchored Robert E. Lee’s left, facing this position. From here Union batteries helped suppress Jackson’s artillery on the Poindexter Farm (a half-mile to the northeast) during the battle’s opening minutes.

Toward sunset the Confederate attacks became more determined as Jackson’s troops pushed onto the high ground of Malvern Hill and laid down disruptive musketry fire. Fresh regiments from both the Second and Third Corps of the Federal army moved through the artillery here as they hastened to the extreme front.
 
Erected by Richmond
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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National Battlefield Park – National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 24.817′ N, 77° 14.877′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in the Malvern Hill Battlefield Unit of 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. Artillery’s Terrible Effect (here, next to this marker); A Battlefield Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); The West House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seven Days Battles (about 300 feet away); Battlefield of Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away); Battlefield Landscape (about 500 feet away); Union Reserves (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker features a painting titled “Malvern Hill” by Don Stivers. The caption says that the picture “conveys a sense of the Union artillery’s power atop Malvern Hill.” The bottom of the marker contains a photograph with the caption “This 1880’s view
The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker and Cannons image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. The Battle of Malvern Hill Marker and Cannons
The furthest cannon from the camera is an authentic 3-inch Ordnance Rifle. It is registry number 803, forged in 1864 by Phoenix Iron Works, of Pennsylvania. The closest to the camera is a reproduction.
looks west toward the Crew House. It shows the original West House, which stood on the ground to your left rear where a more modern structure stands today. (Drawing from Battles and Leaders).”
 
Also see . . .
1. Malvern Hill. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Touring Richmond’s 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. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Cannon at the West House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Cannon at the West House
The Union line was established here, in front of the West House mentioned in the marker.
Union Artillery on Malvern Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Union Artillery on Malvern Hill
This photo, taken from in front of the marker, shows the location of the Union artillery that were the objective of the July 1, 1862 Confederate assault.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,137 times since then and 77 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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