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

Confederate Futility

 
 
Confederate Futility Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 5, 2011
1. Confederate Futility Marker
Inscription.  The Confederate plan called for dozens of cannon to gather here and on the Poindexter Farm, nearly a mile to the east (your left). Their combined fire, directed at the Union batteries atop Malvern Hill, would clear the way for an infantry assault up the hill.

But everything went wrong. Officers failed to collect enough cannon. Batteries came up to this ridge one at a time, were pounded by stronger and more numerous Union guns, and left the field in disarray. A similar scenario played out a short distance to the east on the Poindexter farm. The Confederate infantry attack went forward anyway, many of the soldiers marching directly through the smoking debris on this high ground and coming under direct, short-range fire for the first time.

“Entering the field at the point where our artillery had been posted, I came upon numbers of dead and dying horses, who, with the drivers and gunners, laid in a pile together; their several dismantled guns, their caissons, fired and blown up by the enemy’s balls—all presenting an aspect of desolation and ruin.” John S. Hard, 7th South Carolina Infantry
 
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2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 25.219′ N, 77° 15.19′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Carters Mill Road and Willis Church Road (Virginia Route 156), on the right when traveling south. 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. Outgunned (a few steps from this marker); Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Confederate Futility (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Madness" (about 500 feet away); Battlefield Burials (about 700 feet away); Historic Farm Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Confederate High Water Mark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 0.3 miles 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 November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. Malvern Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Confederate gun position at the base of Malvern Hill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 5, 2011
2. Confederate gun position at the base of Malvern Hill
 

3. Malvern Hill Battlefield Podcast. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
Confederates positioned guns on this low ridge below Malvern Hill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 5, 2011
3. Confederates positioned guns on this low ridge below Malvern Hill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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