Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected by Battlefield Markers Association. (Marker Number 22.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Freeman Markers (Richmond Battlefields) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1845.
Location. 37° 24.798′ N, 77° 15.207′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. Located along the walking trail west of the Crew House within the Malvern Hill unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9170 Willis Church Rd, 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. Freeman Marker (here, next to this marker); Malvern Cliffs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Crew House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Place of Refuge (about 400 feet away); Advantages of Terrain (about 400 Malvern Cliffs (about 400 feet away); “the grandest sean of all” (about 500 feet away); The Malvern Hill Crest (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Battle of Malvern Hill. The end of the Seven Days. (Submitted on December 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Malvern Hill, by Herman Melville
Ye elms that wave on Malvern Hill
In prime of morn and May,
Recall ye how McClellan’s men
Here stood at bay?
While deep within yon forest dim
Our rigid comrades lay—
Some with the cartridge in their mouth,
Others with fixed arms lifted South—
The cypress glades? Ah wilds of woe!
The spires of Richmond, late beheld
Through rifts in musket-haze,
Were closed from view in clouds of dust
On leaf-walled ways,
Where streamed our wagons in caravan;
And the Seven Nights and Days
Of march and fast, retreat and fight,
Pinched our grimed faces to ghastly plight—
Does the elm wood
Recall the haggard beards of blood?
The battle-smoked flag, with stars eclipsed,
We followed (it never fell!)—
In silence husbanded our
Received their yell;
Till on this slope we patient turned
With cannon ordered well;
Reverse we proved was not defeat;
But ah, the sod what thousands meet!—
Does Malvern Wood
Bethink itself, and muse and brood?
We elms of Malvern Hill
Remember every thing;
But sap the twig will fill:
Wag the world how it will,
Leaves must be green in Spring.
— Submitted March 22, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Additional keywords. Freeman Markers, Richmond Battlefield Parks Corporation, Douglas Southall Freeman
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,263 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.