“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glendale in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Richmond Battlefield

Malvern Hill

Richmond Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Richmond Battlefield Marker
Inscription. The Battle of Malvern Hill was the last in the weeklong series of engagements in 1862 known as the Seven Days battles. General George B. McClellan's Union army, having been maneuvered away from its base at White House Landing east of Richmond, sought the shelter of a new position on the James River. Having reached the river, his army turned back north and on July 1 confronted the pursuing Confederates here at Malvern Hill.

Less wooded in 1862, this hilltop with its steep sides provided its defenders with both protection and extensive fields of fire. From here a line of Union artillery, supported by infantrymen, repulsed a long series of assaults launched up the hill by the men of General Robert E. Lee's Confederate army. During the night McClellan's soldiers moved southeast, toward their new base at Harrison's Landing. Although it lasted less than half a day, the Battle of Malvern Hill extracted a deadly toll from its participants. More than 8,000 men fell killed and wounded here.

Touring the Battlefield
A network of trails and signs is available to help you explore the battlefield. A 1 1/2-mile trail loops through some of the key sites. Several stops to the north highlight the formation of Confederate troops and place you at the beginning of their attacks. The line of Union cannon here and on the opposite side
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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of the road help to emphasize the power of the artillery at Malvern Hill. A short trail to the western side of the hill, past the Crew House, illustrates the steepness of the terrain.

Richmond Battlefields
The national battlefield park contains sites relating to three separate events of the Civil War: the Seven Days Campaign of 1862, the Overland Campaign of 1864, and the late-war fighting north of the James River.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 24.773′ N, 77° 15.006′ W. Marker was in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker was on Willis Church Road (State Highway 156), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at the parking area for the Malvern Hill unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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. Malvern Hill (here, next to this marker); A Splendid Field of Battle (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Malvern Hill (a few steps from this marker);
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Battle Map
Southern Valor vs. Union Firepower (a few steps from this marker); Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield of Malvern Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Landscape (about 300 feet away); Seven Days Battles (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
More about this marker. A large map on the left shows the Richmond National Battlefield Park system. On the left a map provides an overview of the battle: This map shows the climax of the battle, near sunset, when both armies brought as many fresh troops into action as they could gather.
Regarding Richmond Battlefield. This marker was replaced by a new one named Malvern Hill (see nearby markers).
Categories. War, US Civil
Kiosk in the Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Kiosk in the Parking Lot
Map on the Billboard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
5. Map on the Billboard
On the billboard side of the kiosk is this map of the park. The map has a quote:
"As column after column advanced, only to meet the same disastrous repulse, the sight became one of the most interesting imaginable. The havoc made by the rapidly bursting shells from guns arranged so as to sweep any position far and near, and in any direction, was fearful to behold.... The safety of our army - the life of the Union - was felt to be at stake." - Fitz John Porter, Brigadier General, USA.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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