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Contact: Andrea DeKoter, 804-226-5023
One hundred fifty-four years ago, on July 1, 1862, the Battle of Malvern Hill raged near Richmond, Virginia. On Saturday, July 9, Richmond National Battlefield Park invites the public to join in commemorating the culmination of the Seven Days' Battles with ranger-led programs and a large living history event exploring the tactical maneuvers of the Union and Confederate forces. Program hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with living history presentations describing the impact of the fighting on civilians starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by artillery and photography demonstrations. At 2 p.m. visitors will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the soldiers on a three-mile walk, where they will experience the sights and sounds of battle, ending with a moment of silence. All programs are free and open to the public.
The park will also feature its popular History at Sunset series on July 9 at 7 p.m. with a half-mile ranger-led walking tour. Titled "Fearful to Behold: The Federal Artillery at Malvern Hill," the program will explore the experiences of the Union artillery during the battle. The 90-minute tour meets at the Malvern Hill exhibit shelter and is free of charge.
The Battle of Malvern Hill marked the end of the Seven Days' Battles that were fought near the Confederate capital of Richmond in the summer of 1862. The battle was a sound defeat for General George McClellan, who retreated back to Washington, DC with the Army of the Potomac shortly afterward.
Malvern Hill Battlefield is located at 9175 Willis Church Road, Richmond, VA 23231. For more information, please contact the Richmond National Battlefield Park at 804-226-1981, or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/RichmondNPS.