For Immediate Release: 06/16/10
Media Advisory: Ceremony Will Dedicate Marker on Glendale Battlefield
(Glendale, Va.) – On Saturday June 26, 2010 — almost precisely 148 years after the battle fought there — living historians and preservationists will dedicate ahistorical marker on the Glendale Battlefield in Henrico County, Va. The property, recently acquired by Civil War Preservation Trust, is located along Long Bridge Road. The historical marker was constructed by Civil War Trails of Richmond, Va. and financed by the 69th Pennsylvania “Irish Volunteer” Civil War Reenactors Organization.
The marker celebrates the successful bayonet charge by the 69th Pennsylvania “Irish Volunteers,” who recaptured a Union artillery battery taken by Confederate forces earlier in the fighting. The battery had been placed near the Whitlock House at the front of the Pennsylvania Reserves position. Confederates who broke through the Union lines that afternoon captured the battery.
The 11:00 a.m. event will be attended by members of the 69th Pennsylvania reenactment unit as well as representatives of the National Park Service and Civil War Preservation Trust. Uniformed members of the “Irish Volunteers” will depart from the Nelson Farm on Willis Church Road and retrace the attack route which took them to the guns at the Whitlock House. The ceremony will begin up on their arrival, with scheduled speakers including representatives of CWPT, the National Park Service and the 69th Pennsylvania.
No parking is available along Long Bridge Road, but a van shuttle service will be available starting at the Gravel Hill Baptist Church. Terrain is relatively unimproved and includes forested areas and fields; attendees should dress appropriately.
WHAT: Dedication of Historic Marker Commemorating the Battle of Glendale
WHO: Civil War Preservation Trust and National Park Service officials, representatives of the 69th Pennsylvania “Irish Volunteers”
WHEN: Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Whitlock House site on the Glendale Battlefield; Parking is available at Gravel Hill Baptist Church, 5426 Long Bridge Road, Richmond, VA 23231.
With 55,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT has preserved more than 29,000 acres of battlefield land across the nation, including 577 acres at Glendale. CWPT’s website is www.civilwar.org.