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

Malvern Cliffs

 
 
Malvern Cliffs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Malvern Cliffs Marker
Inscription. The view from here illustrates the power of the Union position atop Malvern Hill. Late in the afternoon of July 1, two Confederate brigades attacked across the treeless flat terrain below. Union guns in the Crew yard and elsewhere pounded the Confederate lines long before the Southern infantrymen could open fire with their muskets.

Still, the Confederates reached the base of the hill, where they would cling to the safety of the slope. Finally at dusk, the Virginians and North Carolinians rushed up this knob, nearly reaching the yard of the Crew House. Only frantic resistance by the 14th New York infantry and several pieces of Union artillery halted them. Here as elsewhere, Confederate efforts to destroy McClellan's army had failed.
 
Location. 37° 24.807′ N, 77° 15.25′ W. Marker is near Glendale, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Willis Church Road (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. Malvern Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Freeman Marker (within
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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shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Malvern Cliffs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Crew House (about 500 feet away); A Place of Refuge (about 600 feet away); Advantages of Terrain (about 600 feet away); “the grandest sean of all” (about 700 feet away); The Malvern Hill Crest (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
More about this marker. At the bottom of the marker is a drawing captioned, Union artillery on Crew's Hill repulsed the Confederate assault.

This marker was replaced by a new one named "Malvern Cliffs" (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker at End of Spur Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Marker at End of Spur Trail
Malvern Cliffs image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Malvern Cliffs
Looking down the slopes of the cliffs in the area where Confederate forces attempted to dislodge the Federal defenders.
 
 
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 874 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on July 2, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 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. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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