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

Artillery’s Terrible Effect

 
 
Artillery’s Terrible Effect Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
1. Artillery’s Terrible Effect Marker
Inscription.  Malvern Hill is barely 900 yards wide here at its narrow crest, leaving room for only a small number of the nearly 200 cannon available to the Union army on July 1. The defenders placed between two and three dozen pieces of artillery across the hill and waited. When Confederate artillery appeared on opposite fields, the better-posted Union cannon blasted them into silence. Soon the gunners turned their attention to attacking Confederate infantrymen, firing with devastating accuracy into the unprotected masses charging up Malvern Hill’s gentle slope.

“As soon as they made their appearance from the woods, our artillery opened on them with terrible effect. The air over their heads was filled with the smoke of bursting shells whose fragments plowed the ground….Half way across the field, and already their ranks show many a gap….”
Charles A. Phillips, 5th Massachusetts Light Artillery

One battery on the crest fired 1,392 rounds from its six cannon during the afternoon, demonstrating the remarkable intensity along the entire Union line.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil
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. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1864.
 
Location. 37° 24.817′ N, 77° 14.876′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156) 0.2 miles north of Carters Mill Road (County Road 606), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in the Malvern Hill Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9175 Willis Church Road, 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 Battle of Malvern Hill (here, next to this marker); A Battlefield Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); The West House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seven Days Battles (about 300 feet away); Battlefield of Malvern Hill (about 400 feet away); Battlefield Landscape (about 500 feet away); Union Reserves (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Malvern Hill. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. Malvern Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
Malvern Hill Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
2. Malvern Hill Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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