NPS Special Events Planned July 1 For Malvern Hill 150th
(July 2012 Civil War News)
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Malvern Hill Battlefield, a unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park, will host anniversary commemorative programs from 9 to 5 and evening programs on July 1.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. a National Park Service (NPS) Ranger-led walking tour will follow in the footsteps of the attacking Confederates, who were under fire from Union artillery on Malvern Hill
NPS historians Frank O’Reilly and Bob Krick will speak at 7 p.m. on “Malvern Hill Brings an End to the Seven Days Battles” to be followed at 8 p.m. by “Taps Over the Battlefield: A Salute to the Soldiers.”
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. when Union and Confederate soldiers begin a march between the Glendale and Malvern Hill battlefields.
Visitors are invited to the Glendale Visitor Center for ranger orientation and exhibits about the June 30, 1862, Battle of Glendale, which was followed the next day by the Battle of Malvern Hill, which brought an end to the Seven Days battles.
Living history programs and demonstrations of life and activities in camp and on the battlefield in June 1862 will be conducted at the Willis Church Parsonage along Willis Church Road. Demonstrations of medical care after the two battles will be given at the church.
Visitor orientation and interpretation at Malvern Hill will be given near the shuttle stop along the Union artillery line. The day will include interactive family activities and the Virginia Sesquicentennial HistoryMobile.
Other scheduled programs include “In Camp and on the Battlefield: Civil War Musicians Sound the Call” with the 26th North Carolina Fife and Drum Corps at 10:30; and “The Role of Artillery, Infantry and Sharpshooters at Malvern Hill,” a ranger-narrated demonstration of each arm’s tactics at 11:30;
Brig. Gen. John Mountcastle USA (Ret.) will speak at 12:30 p.m. on “A Modern General’s View of Leadership During the Seven Days.”
From 2 to 3 p.m. living history ranger-narrated demonstrations including artillery and infantry will illustrate how the battle unfolded. A 3:30 ranger-led tour will explore the Union front line. A walking tour and demonstration of the Confederate artillery position will begin at 4:30.
For information go to the park website at www.nps.gov/rich