On 30 June 1862, as Gen. Robert E. Lee concentrated his troops to attack Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's retreating Union army at Glendale, Maj. Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes's brigade of Confederate troops moved down New Market Road on Lee's right. Union forces on Malvern Hill noticed dust rising above the trees and suspected the movement of the Confederates on New Market Road. As he advanced, Holmes observed the Union troops atop Malvern Hill to the east and deployed his artillery and infantry. When the Confederate artillery opened fire, the massed Union artillery on the hill concentrated its firepower on Holmes's small force. Union gunboats joined in, and Holmes withdrew his force west to the junction of the Long Bridge Road. The Battle of Malvern Hill took place the next day.
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Varina, VA 23231. Located on New Market Road (Rt. 5), less than 1/5 of a mile west of the junction of New Market Road (Rt. 5) and Willis Church Road (Rt. 156). Marker is on the left when traveling west on New Market Road (Rt. 5).
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