Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Day Seven of the Seven Days
— Malvern Hill Battlefield - Richmond National Battlefield Park —
Through misunderstanding by Confederate commanders, Southern infantry were ordered to advance, across the Carter's Mill Road behind you, then up the gentile slope toward the powerful Union position. In 1862, the ground was open farmland in all directions. Wave after wave of Confederates pressed against the Federal line, many to be slain at long range by well-served Union artillery.
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 year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 37° 25.237′ N, 77° 15.157′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Carters 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. Confederate Futility (within shouting distance of this marker); Outgunned (within shouting distance of this marker); "Madness" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Confederate Futility (about 400 feet away); Battlefield Burials (about 600 feet away); Historic Farm Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Confederate High Water Mark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willis Church Parsonage (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a wartime drawing depicting the Confederate attacks. The Confederates attacked across the fields before you. McClellan's artillery, firing from the ridge today marked by cannon, devastated the Confederate columns. (Drawing from Harper's Weekly)
On the right is a map showing the tactical situation. Parts of five Confederate divisions crowded into a half-mile front as they attacked across this ground. By sunset on July 1, more than 5000 Confederates lay dead or wounded on these fields. Robert E. Lee had failed to destroy the Union army.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.