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

Historic Farm Road

 
 
Historic Farm Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Historic Farm Road Marker
Inscription. The armies fought the Battle of Malvern Hill across several very large and productive farms. That agricultural landscape helped shape the course of the battle. Stacks of recently harvested wheat offered feeble shelter to men of both sides. Farm buildings became battlefield landmarks. Troops used unimproved farm roads to move across the battlefield landmarks. Troops used unimproved farm roads to move across the battlefield, and no doubt some men found protective cover in the well-worn roadbeds such as the one in front of you. By 1864 natural cover became less important, as soldiers routinely constructed earthworks everywhere they stopped.
 
Location. 37° 25.072′ N, 77° 15.151′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Carters Mill Road and Willis Church Road (Virginia Highway 156), on the right when traveling south on Carters Mill Road. Click for map. 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. The Confederate High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Futility (about 600 feet away, measured
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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in a direct line); Outgunned (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Confederate Futility (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Madness" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battlefield Burials (approx. 0.2 miles away); Malvern Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a drawing of soldiers fighting around wheat stacks. Stacks of freshly cut wheat dotted much of the battlefield west of Willis Church Road, offering concealment, but meager protection for skirmishing soldiers.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Historic Farm Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Historic Farm Road Marker
Farm Road Trace image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Farm Road Trace
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 651 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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