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Benjamin Huger

Battle of Glendale

June 30, 1862


Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger's Division was, at 12,000 men, the largest division slated to participate in the Battle of Glendale. Robert E. Lee intended for Huger's Division to march three miles down the Charles City Road to attack the Union forces trying to make their way to the safety of Malvern Hill.


Unfortunately for the Confederates, the overly cautious Huger slowed his advance and came to a complete stop at the Brightwell Farm, three miles short of the Union positions. His 12,000 man unit would not take part in the Glendale battle to come. Would Huger's Division have further tipped the scales in the Confederate's direction? Would Huger's troops have turned Glendale into a total Union defeat? Many senior level Confederate leaders would later comment that Glendale represented one of the best chances that the Army of Northern Virginia would have in reaching total military success. But alas the Union forces would remain intact and continue their march to the much stronger Malvern Hill position along the James River.


We are now working to save an additional 7 acres at this battlefield. For more on the Battle of Glendale (Frayser's Farm) and our preservation activities there please visit our Glendale page


Photo: Library of Congress


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