Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Willis Church Parsonage
The Confederates Move Toward Malvern Hill
— Malvern Hill Battlefield – Richmond Nat'l Battlefield Park —
The Willis Church parsonage (the ruins behind you) became an important landmark on July 1. Before the attacks, division commander D.H. Hill met with his officers near the house. Colonel W. Gaston Meares of North Carolina was killed by a shell in the yard. Confederate artillery attempted to take position in nearby fields. Lee watched from a blacksmith shop that stood across the Willis Church from you.
Erected by Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1814.
Location. 37° 25.118′ N, 77° 14.827′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 Gathering Storm (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 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a picture of the Willis Church Parsonage with the caption, “The Parsonage, as it appeared in 1885, was the home of the pastor of the Willis Church. On July 1, 1862, the house stood in plain view of the Union artillery on Malvern Hill. Fire destroyed the parsonage in 1988. (Drawing from Battles and Leaders.) Next to this is a picture of the church with the caption, “The Willis Church is shown here as it appeared shortly after the war. For weeks after the battles in this area the church served as a field hospital. The current church stands on the site of the wartime structure, about a mile north of here. (Drawing from Battles and Leaders.) The right of the marker features a map of a hiking trail of the Malvern Hill Battlefield that passes the site of the marker. It has a caption of “From here a 2 mile trail leads to Malvern Hill, tracking the route of Confederate attacks during the last of the bloody Seven Days battles. The map depicts the open and wooded areas as they appeared in 1862.”
Also see . . .
1. Malvern Hill. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,782 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on April 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.