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Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Drewry’s Bluff Trail

Richmond National Battlefield Park

 
 
Drewry’s Bluff Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
1. Drewry’s Bluff Trail Marker
Inscription. Along this trail the first shots were fired in the campaign to capture Richmond that would last from 1862 to 1865.

This one-half mile trail will take you to the Confederate fort named Fort Drewry by southerners and Fort Darling by the Federals. On May 15, 1862, the Confederate guns mounted inside the fort and along the river bluff stopped the mighty Union fleet led by the ironclads Monitor and Galena in its attempt to force its way up the James River to Richmond. This action represented a significant victory for the Confederates who had suffered major setbacks in all theaters of the war since First Manassas in July 1861. Later in the war Drewry’s Bluff became the site of the Confederate Naval Academy and the Marine Corps Camp of Instruction.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park – National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 25.273′ N, 77° 25.471′ W. Marker was in Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker could be reached from Fort Darling Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff/Fort Darling unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker was in this post office area: Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Inside Fort Drewry Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
2. Inside Fort Drewry
The trail leads to the well-preserved fortifications of Fort Drewry on the James River.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Covered Way (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Permanent Post (about 600 feet away); Fort Darling (about 600 feet away); Camp Beall (about 600 feet away); "A Very Neat Chapel" (about 700 feet away); Drewry's Bluff (about 700 feet away); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (about 800 feet away); A Perfect Gibraltar (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a photograph of one of the Confederate cannon overlooking the James River. It has a caption of “From the 90-foot bluff above the James River, the heavy Confederate artillery at Drewry’s Bluff presented a formidable challenge to any Union vessel. A Union photographer took this view in 1865, shortly after the Confederates abandoned the fort." The right of the marker contains a map of Fort Drewry and the trail from the parking lot. The site of the marker is indicated on the map.
 
Regarding Drewry’s Bluff Trail. This marker was replaced by a new one named Drewry's Bluff (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, 15 May 1862. American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Cannon at Drewry’s Bluff Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
3. Cannon at Drewry’s Bluff
Cannon positioned here at Drewry’s Bluff, overlooking the James River, protected Richmond from a Union naval attack.
 

2. Drewry’s Bluff. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Richmond National Battlefield Park Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
4. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Drewry’s Bluff Trail Map Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
5. Drewry’s Bluff Trail Map
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 939 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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