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

Malvern Hill

Day Seven of the Seven Days

 

—Malvern Hill Battlefield - Richmond National Battlefield Park —

 
Malvern Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Malvern Hill Marker
Inscription. Before you stood the Union rearguard, on Malvern Hill. Here, McClellan's line atop the plateau was only 875 yards wide. Confederate batteries were to soften the position prior to the infantry assault, but the Federal artillery proved superior. As Lee's guns rolled into position a devastating shower of exploding projectiles overwhelmed them and their crews.

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.
 
Location. 37° 25.237′ N, 77° 15.157′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Carters Mill Road and Willis Church Road (Virginia Highway 156), on the right when traveling south on Carters Mill Road. Touch for map. Located in the Malvern Hill Battlefield Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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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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 Glendale.
 
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.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Battle Map
Malvern Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Malvern Hill Marker
Confederate Artillery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
5. Confederate Artillery
An authentic bronze 6-pdr Field gun and two replica 3-inch Ordnance Rifles represent the Confederate batteries deployed on the north edge of the battlefield.
Confederate Gunner's View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
6. Confederate Gunner's View
Looking down one of the replica Ordnance Rifles toward the West House and the Federal lines.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 866 times since then and 47 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.
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