• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area


    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Western Run

Western Run Creek at Malvern Hill in the afternoon sunlight.

(NPS Photo)

Located along the transition from Virginia's piedmont region on its western side, to the coastal plain on its eastern side, the park's many units share an interesting combination of natural features. Each ecosystem found at Richmond National Battlefield Park, including wetlands, forests and grasslands, creates habitat for its own suite of plants and animals. However, when combined, the park's variety of ecosystem types, as well as the transition zones between them, further increase the diversity of native communities. Careful management and preservation of these natural resources will ensure that visitors will be able to experience this variety of diverse habitats at Richmond National Battlefield Park for generations to come.

Did You Know?

USS Galena gun boat during the Civil War

The first Marine Corps Medal of Honor was awarded to Corporal John Mackie for his conduct aboard the USS Galena at the battle of Drewry’s Bluff, May 15, 1862.