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

Malvern Cliffs

 
 
Malvern Cliffs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver
1. Malvern Cliffs Marker
Inscription. General John B. Magruder sent wave after wave of Confederate infantry against the tempting target of Union artillery. In 1862, many of those attackers had to negotiate a largely treeless landscape filled with small ridges and ravines that bisected their route. The ground both exposed them to deadly fire and temporarily sheltered them. Some of that difficult terrain can be seen here.

The last fighting on this part of Malvern Hill occurred at dusk. Georgians, Virginians, Louisianans, and North Carolinians approached the high ground here and to your right front. Some got as far as the slave cabins before Union counterattacks ended the Confederate advance. Most Confederate survivors spent an uneasy night among the dead and wounded.

"The last hill passed over, the Yankee canister killed our men in large numbers.... We ran up [to] the top of the hill and poured volleys into them and would run back under the hill and load.... Every time we would go to the top to fire, someone would fall."
Asa Winn, 3rd Georgia Infantry

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(background) Soldier-artist Robert K. Sneden depicted the Union position along open slopes as it appeared during the battle. Virginia Historical Society
 
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park, U.S. Department
View of the Malvern Cliffs image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver
2. View of the Malvern Cliffs
of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 24.764′ N, 77° 15.288′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.2 miles north of Carters Mill Road (County Route 606), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located at the end of the Malvern Hill Battlefield spur trail, which can be accessed by taking the trail leading toward the Crew House. 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. A different marker also named Malvern Cliffs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away); Freeman Marker (about 400 feet away); The Crew House (about 600 feet away); A Place of Refuge (about 600 feet away); Advantages of Terrain (about 700 feet away); The Malvern Hill Crest (approx. 0.2 miles away); “the grandest sean of all” (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled, "Malvern Cliffs"
 
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 2, 2015.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Another wooded view of the Malvern Cliffs image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver
3. Another wooded view of the Malvern Cliffs
End of Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver
4. End of Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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