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

A Splendid Field of Battle

 
 
A Splendid Field of Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 21, 2010
1. A Splendid Field of Battle Marker
Inscription. Union commanders chose an ideal location to fight their last battle of the Seven Days. As many as 40 cannon covered the one-half-mile front, stretching from the slopes of Crew’s Run on your left to a similar drop to Western Run on your right. Nearly 80,000 Union soldiers spread out behind or in support of the guns. Open cultivated fields dotted by shocks of harvested wheat stretched out for half a mile. It was one of the strongest positions held by either army during the war.

Throughout July 1, Lee gathered his army out of sight in the distant woods, its numbers reduced to 70,000. By late afternoon only the sounds of scattered artillery fire filled the air. Then poor communication combined with misunderstanding of orders led to repeated Confederate attacks. Southern troops found themselves funneled together and forced to charge straight into the Federal batteries. The ground to your front bore witness to carnage on a grand scale. Over 30,000 Confederates took part in the advances. By day’s end the battle claimed 8,000 casualties; over half wore gray.

“There was a splendid field of battle on the high plateau where the greater part of the troops, artillery, etc. were placed. It was a magnificent sight….”
Andrew A. Humphreys, chief topographical engineer for the Union Army
 
Erected
Confederate Assault at Malvern Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 21, 2010
2. Confederate Assault at Malvern Hill
2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 24.779′ N, 77° 15.016′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.3 miles south of Carters Milll Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9175 Willis Church Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Malvern Hill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Valor vs. Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield of Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Landscape (about 400 feet away); Seven Days Battles (about 400 feet away); The West House (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “The Last Day” (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Malvern Hill Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 21, 2010
3. Malvern Hill Exhibit

3. Malvern Hill. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Malvern Hill. Civil War Preservation Trust (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

5. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. CivilWarTraveler.com (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Malvern Hill (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
4. Malvern Hill (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 716 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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