Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Last Day
Malvern Hill – 1862
July 1, 1862
Porter positions artillery seemingly hub to hub across this half-mile crest. In front, fields slope down to woods and swamp – a tough place to form a charge. As Confederates launch disjointed assaults, Federal cannon like giant shotguns saturate the open ground with canister and grapeshot.
“Over five thousand dead and wounded men were on the ground,” a Union officer reported next dawn, “but enough were alive and moving to give the field a singular crawling effect.”
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1814.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 24.778′ N, 77° 15.016′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. Marker is in the pavilion near the Malvern Hill Battlefield parking lot on the west side of Willis Church Road. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A Splendid Field of Battle (here, next to this marker); Richmond Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Malvern Hill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Valor vs. Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield of Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Landscape (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of Union artillery repelling the July 1, 1862 Confederate assault. The bottom left features a picture of Union troops at the James River. It has the caption “Malvern Hill was the last of the Seven Days. After successfully defending their ground, Federal troops continued their withdrawal to Harrison’s Landing.”
Regarding The Last Day. This marker was replaced by a new one named A Splendid Field of Battle (see nearby markers).
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 1,019 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.