The American Battlefield Trust and Civil War Trails have teamed up to interpret this acquisition in Varina, Virginia: the New Market Heights Battlefield, some of which has already been lost to development, including the construction of I-295.
As the war raged on in September of 1864, the Union army continued to push the Confederate line closer and closer to Richmond. This battle resulted in just that. Most notably, the USCT regiments that led this attack were recognized for their efforts. Sixteen soldiers and two white USCT officers would be awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions.
The serenity of the location is a contrast to the fervor of that September day. This piece of the New Market Heights Battlefield is located on Kingsland Road, off of Route 5 and not far from Malvern Hill and Fort Harrison. The site still includes buildings from a previous occupation.
For more information, visit the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association.