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

The Confederate High Water Mark

 
 
The Confederate High Water Mark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. The Confederate High Water Mark Marker
Inscription. You have reached the farthest point to which any organized Confederate infantry advanced on July 1. Two simple wooden structures stood within this cleared area. They are thought to have housed the slaves working the Crew farm.

During the twilight fighting, part of the brigade of General Paul J. Semmes reached the slave cabins and used the structures for cover. A handful of men, mostly Louisianians, pushed a few feet farther through the smoke toward the Union guns, where they met General Thomas Meagher's famous "Irish Brigade." The Federal infantry won this collision and ended the threat to their cannon.
 
Location. 37° 25.048′ N, 77° 15.146′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Carters Mill Road just west of Willis Church Road (State Highway 156), on the right when traveling south. 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Farm Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Futility (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seven Days Battles
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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(approx. 0.2 miles away); "Madness" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Outgunned (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Confederate Futility (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battlefield Burials (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Farthest Advance (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. On the right of the marker is a portrait of General Meagher. General Thomas Meagher led his troops into combat at some of the war's most hotly contested sites, including the Bloody Lane at Sharpsburg and Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Confederate High Water Mark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. The Confederate High Water Mark Marker
Irish Brigade Drives the Confederates Back image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Irish Brigade Drives the Confederates Back
Looking north along the trail toward the location of the marker. The marker is located just past the cedar bush on the left. Likely the location where the Irish Brigade repelled the Confederates was to the left of this view, in what is today a thicket of trees.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 3, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on April 3, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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