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

The Gathering Storm

 
 
The Gathering Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
1. The Gathering Storm Marker
Inscription. Atop this knoll Confederate General D. H. Hill had an unobstructed view to the crest of Malvern Hill. In the distance stood the West farm house and fields where Union batteries waited to dispute any Southern advance. By early afternoon Hill’s five brigades, some 6,500 men, had formed under cover of the surrounding woods and slopes along Western Run. While they waited artillery shells exploded in the treetops showering the troops with pieces of iron and falling limbs.

At 1:30 General Lee issued the order that turned a one sided exchange of artillery fire into one of the war’s largest frontal assaults. For Hill’s men the moment to advance was at hand.

“The cultivated fields, interspersed with belts & clusters of timber & dotted with delightful residences, extended several miles. The hills were quite high, but the slopes gradual & free of abruptness. Wheat was in shock, oats were ready for the harvest, & corn was waist high.” Lieutenant Charles Haydon, 2nd Michigan Infantry
 
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.119′ N, 77° 14.826′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route
Confederate Attack image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
2. Confederate Attack
Lee’s commanders spent most of July 1 assembling their forces into a giant arc opposite the center of McClellan’s battle line. The walking trail through the woods takes you to where Confederate infantrymen launched their attack.
156) 0.2 miles north of Carters Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the Malvern Hill Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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. Willis Church Parsonage (here, next to this marker); Battle Commences (a few steps from this marker); Methodist Parsonage (within shouting distance of this marker); Malvern Hill Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Twilight Action (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Infantry Against Infantry (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. On the right is "An artist’s view of the Confederate attack at Malvern Hill. Sketches like these shaped people’s concept of the war."
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Malvern Hill. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Malvern Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The West House can be seen in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
3. The West House can be seen in the distance
Ruins of the Parsonage image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
4. Ruins of the Parsonage
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 18 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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