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

Twilight Action

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Twilight Action Marker
Inscription.  Stonewall Jackson’s wing of the Confederate army joined in the action just before darkness. Some of his infantry advanced on this side of the road, toward Malvern Hill’s crest. Broken and disoriented formations of Confederate infantry blocked their progress. In time, bits and pieces of several of Jackson’s brigades became engaged in this area, fighting until well after sunset.

That evening several prominent Union generals argued in favor of a counterattack for the next morning. They believed that the disorganization of the Confederate army after its defeat at Malvern Hill would make Richmond vulnerable. But General McClellan ordered a complete withdrawal from Malvern Hill to a new base at Harrison’s Landing, on the James River, where the army had a safe line of supply.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park – National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 25.079′ N, 77° 14.811′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.2 miles north of Carter
Malvern Hill - CWPT image. Click for more information.
2. Malvern Hill - CWPT
Civil War Preservation Trust's efforts to preserve portions of the battlefield.
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Mills Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located in the Malvern Hill Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, in the parking lot on the east side of Willis Church Road. 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. Malvern Hill Trail (a few steps from this marker); Methodist Parsonage (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle Commences (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Willis Church Parsonage (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Against Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gathering Storm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Malvern Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Malvern Hill. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Touring Richmond’s Battlefields. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. National Park Service website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. The Seven Days Battle
Twilight Action Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Twilight Action Marker
. HistoryCentral.com website. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Jackson's Division Moves Up image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Jackson's Division Moves Up
In the closing stages of the battle, portions of Jackson's Division moved up the Willis Church Road (running left to right in this view, note the barricades on the left). Some of the troops moved around the Methodist Parsonage, ruins of which are in the distance on the left.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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