A Battlefield Landmark

A Battlefield Landmark (HMVLC)

Location: Henrico, VA 23231 Henrico County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 24.815', W 77° 14.908'

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The Thomas J. West house stood as a prominent part of the battlefield scene—a goal for attacking Confederates and a landmark along the Union line. Most of the fresh Federal troops marching to the front on July 1 moved past this house, coming under direct fire for the first time here.

The Binford farm stretched behind the West House to the southeast. Union reserves crammed every corner of the field, awaiting their chance. "It was a great and grand sight, the like of which in all probability I shall never see again," wrote a Third Corps soldier. "Lines of Battle were formed almost as far as the eye could reach."

"The family, with some of their neighbors, in consternation fled into the cellar?.The head of the house in great distress enquired, ?What shall I do?' There was a dressing-table draped with red cloth, and I suggested that it be torn off and fastened on a long pole over the house, in the hope that it might alter the range of the shots."
Chaplain Edward D. Neill, 1st Minnesota Infantry
Year Placed2011
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 2:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 301015 N 4143126
Decimal Degrees37.41358333, -77.24846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.815', W 77° 14.908'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 48.90" N, 77° 14' 54.48" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9018 Malvern Hill Battlefield Trail, Henrico VA 23231, US
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