The Farthest Advance

The Farthest Advance (HMX8J)

Location: Henrico, VA 23231 Henrico County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 24.864', W 77° 15.121'

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Two small structures used as slave quarters stood in this clearing. Some of the fiercest fighting raged around them in the twilight, as men of Paul J. Semmes' Confederate brigade used the buildings for shelter and exchanged short-range fire with counterattacking Union troops. It is unlikely that any organized Confederate formation advanced beyond these cabins; none reached the roaring line of cannon at the hill's crest. When July 2 dawned, a line of Southern casualties stretched across the hill, showing the high-water mark of the Confederate advance.

"When I had ridden up to about Crewe's [slave] cabins, I turned and looked backward, and saw the awful sight as a whole....The long line of dead extended towards our right until lost in the woods and the sloping ravines towards the river, and then extended forward, contracting from our left upon our center, until its apex reached halfway up [to] Crewe's quarters." Joseph L. Brent, Confederate staff officer, July 2, 1862
HM NumberHMX8J
Year Placed2011
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 300703 N 4143225
Decimal Degrees37.41440000, -77.25201667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.864', W 77° 15.121'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 51.84" N, 77° 15' 7.26" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 690 Malvern Hill Battlefield Trail, Henrico VA 23231, US
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