Richmond National Battlefield Park to Commemorate Battle of Malvern Hill

Civil War soldiers and a park ranger stand near 12 cannons

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News Release Date: June 21, 2018

RICHMOND, Va.—One hundred fifty-six years ago, on July 1, 1862, the Battle of Malvern Hill raged near Richmond, Virginia.  On Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, Richmond National Battlefield Park invites the public to join in commemorating the culmination of the Seven Days’ Battles with ranger-led programs and a living history event exploring the tactical maneuvers of the Union and Confederate forces.  All programs are free and open to the public.
 
On Saturday, June 30, the event will run from 9 am to 4 pm.  Civilian and military living history displays will provide visitors an opportunity to see what life was like for soldiers on the battlefield and learn about the Civil War’s impact on civilians.  Artillery and rifle demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, with ranger-led tours at 10 amnoon, and 2 pm offering visitors the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the soldiers and learn more about the strategic maneuvers of Union and Confederate forces.  On Sunday, July 1, the event will run from 9 am to 3 pm, with artillery and rifle demonstrations at 11 am and 1 pm and ranger-led tours at noon and 2 pm.
 
The park will also offer one of its popular History at Sunset tours on June 30 at 7 p.m. with a 90-minute walking tour led by Park Historian Robert Krick. Titled “The Federal Fourth Corps, the Stonewall Brigade in the Twilight, and Other Overlooked Pieces of the Malvern Hill Battlefield,” the program will explore the eastern edge of the battlefield, where the heavy infantry action often has been obscured by the better known story of artillery at Malvern Hill. The tour will visit key sites along the Union right flank, and will emphasize how terrain affected events there.


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. Though the battle was a tactical victory for Union forces, Richmond remained in Confederate hands.  General George McClellan retreated 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.nps.gov/rich or www.Facebook.com/RichmondNPS.
 
About Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park is one of over 410 national park areas across the United States.  Experiencing the park’s 13 historic sites usually takes a full day.  A driving tour of the battlefields is available at any of the park’s facilities.  The main park visitor center is located at Historic Tredegar (470 Tredegar Street in Richmond) and provides museum exhibits, audio-visual programs and orientation services to help plan a visit to the battlefields. For additional information, contact the park at 804-226-1981, or via the internet at www.nps.gov/rich or www.Facebook.com/RichmondNPS.



Last updated: June 21, 2018

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