Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Infantry Against Infantry
Couch and his three brigade commanders (Howe, Abercrombie, and Palmer) had a combined 88 years of army experience. Their men each received 60 rounds of ammunition. They needed all of it, as Confederate infantry swarmed up the front of the hill from the Parsonage (marked by the chimney ruins 300 yards to your front). Toward dusk, men from Stonewall Jackson’s wing of the Southern army joined the fray. They established a firing line on the ridge 200 yards in front of you. Both sides blazed away until well after sunset, without decisive results.
“We piled them (the enemy) one above another, heap upon heap, dead and wounded in an indistinguishable mass; they could not get formed before they were torn to pieces.” Unidentified 10th Massachusetts Infantry soldier
Location. 37° 25.042′ N, 77° 14.788′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) and Carters Mill Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch 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. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Malvern Hill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Twilight Action (within shouting distance of this marker); Malvern Hill Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Methodist Parsonage (about 400 feet away); Battle Commences (about 400 feet away); Willis Church Parsonage (about 500 feet away); The Gathering Storm (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
More about this marker. On the right is a photograph with the caption, "Men from the Second and Third Corps reenforced Couch later in the fight. General Daniel E. Sickles brought his “Excelsior Brigade” forward at a critical moment. It included the 71st New York Infantry. Some of the men seen in this image, made prior to the battle, undoubtedly fought here."
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 (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.