Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
But everything went wrong. Officers failed to collect enough cannon. Batteries came up to this ridge one at a time, were pounded by stronger and more numerous Union guns, and left the field in disarray. A similar scenario played out a short distance to the east on the Poindexter farm. The Confederate infantry attack went forward anyway, many of the soldiers marching directly through the smoking debris on this high ground and coming under direct, short-range fire for the first time.
“Entering the field at the point where our artillery had been posted, I came upon numbers of dead and dying horses, who, with the drivers and gunners, laid in a pile together; their several dismantled guns, their caissons, fired and blown up by the enemy’s balls—all presenting an aspect of desolation and ruin.” John S. Hard, 7th South Carolina Infantry
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Location. 37° 25.219′ N, 77° 15.19′ 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. Outgunned (a few steps from this marker); Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Confederate Futility (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Madness" (about 500 feet away); Battlefield Burials (about 700 feet away); Historic Farm Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Confederate High Water Mark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 0.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Malvern Hill. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Malvern Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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