Advantages of Terrain

Advantages of Terrain (HMJMH)

Location: Henrico, VA 23231 Henrico County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 24.752', W 77° 15.147'

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Today, heavy woods have replaced the vast rolling wheat fields upon which the armies fought. Timber also hides the steep slopes and jagged ravines that shielded the flanks of the Union position.

The rough terrain forced most of the Confederates to advance across the flat open fields astride the Willis Church road. Still, portions of two Confederate divisions attempted to negotiate this drainage that led directly to the Union position. The steep slopes protected the Southern infantrymen from most of the Union artillery fire, but a few well-placed Union cannons were positioned behind you to sweep this ravine. A vigorous counterattack by a Federal brigade cleared the ravine of Confederates by nightfall and preserved the Union position.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 4:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 300660 N 4143018
Decimal Degrees37.41253333, -77.25245000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.752', W 77° 15.147'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 45.12" N, 77° 15' 8.82" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 Malvern Hill Battlefield Trail, Henrico VA 23231, US
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