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

Advantages of Terrain

 
 
Advantages of Terrain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Advantages of Terrain Marker
Inscription. Today, heavy woods have replaced the vast rolling wheat fields upon which the armies fought. Timber also hides the steep slopes and jagged ravines that shielded the flanks of the Union position.

The rough terrain forced most of the Confederates to advance across the flat open fields astride the Willis Church road. Still, portions of two Confederate divisions attempted to negotiate this drainage that led directly to the Union position. The steep slopes protected the Southern infantrymen from most of the Union artillery fire, but a few well-placed Union cannons were positioned behind you to sweep this ravine. A vigorous counterattack by a Federal brigade cleared the ravine of Confederates by nightfall and preserved the Union position.
 
Location. 37° 24.752′ N, 77° 15.147′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (State Highway 156), on the right when traveling south. 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. A Place of Refuge (a few steps from this marker); The Crew House (within
Malvern Hill - CWPT image. Click for more information.
2. Malvern Hill - CWPT
Civil War Preservation Trust's efforts to preserve portions of the battlefield.
Click for more information.
shouting distance of this marker); The Malvern Hill Crest (within shouting distance of this marker); “the grandest sean of all” (within shouting distance of this marker); Freeman Marker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away); Malvern Cliffs (about 600 feet away); A Splendid Field of Battle (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. On the bottom half of the marker is A view of this portion of the battlefield shortly after the war. The slave quarters in the right of the picture stood about 300 yards in front of you.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Reproduction 12-pdr Gun and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Reproduction 12-pdr Gun and Marker
A house built on the site of the Crew House is in the background.
Cannons Cover the Ravine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Cannons Cover the Ravine
Looking down the barrel of the reproduction gun into the ravine mentioned on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 782 times since then and 6 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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