Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Living history this weekend at Malvern Hill

Richmond (Va.) National Battlefield Park is holding a two-day Malvern Hill living history this weekend. Rangers will talk about the final battle of the Seven Days campaign fought July 1, 1862, near the Confederate capital.

Walking tours and Union artillery and infantry demonstrations are planned Saturday (July 10) and Sunday (July 11). The free events last from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

At sunset Saturday, rangers will hold a program about the battles fought around Richmond in 1862 and 1864.

Gen. Robert E. Lee launched several fruitless attacks on strong Union positions at Malvern Hill, suffering 5,300 casualties. Despite the victory, Union Gen. George B. McClellan withdrew his forces to Harrison’s Landing on the James River, ending his Peninsula Campaign. From there, Lee took the offensive against Maj. Gen. John Pope, culminating at Second Manassas.

Click here for more information on the NPS program.

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