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

“A Very Neat Chapel”

 
 
"A Very Neat Chapel" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 17, 2010
1. "A Very Neat Chapel" Marker
Inscription. The little white chapel that stood here was built by soldiers of the garrison and held 150 people. Different ministers came from Richmond each week to preach. A small burial ground was located just 50 yards beyond the chapel—a reminder that life at Drewry’s Bluff was not without hazard from battle or disease.

“[Drewry’s Bluff] also contains a very neat chapel, the pulpit of which is filled by the ministers from the city on the Sabbath.”
Richmond Sentinel, July 29, 1863
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.339′ N, 77° 25.357′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Fort Darling Road half a mile north of Bellwood Road. Click for map. This marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff (Fort Darling) unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7600 Fort Darling Road, Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Permanent Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Gibraltar
Drewry's Bluff Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 17, 2010
2. Drewry's Bluff Trail
(within shouting distance of this marker); The USS Monitor (within shouting distance of this marker); Drewry’s Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Finishing Fort Drewry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Darling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Duty Above and Beyond (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a period photograpgh of the church with the caption, "You are now standing near the steeple of the chapel, looking toward the small cemetery in the foreground of the image."

The insert contains a photograph of the cemetery with the caption, "The chapel’s rustic graveyard captured the cameraman’s attention. The prominent headboard marks the grave of Union Sergeant Frank L. Smith, who drowned in 1865 while removing artillery from the Confederate forts. The other graves contain Confederate soldiers, including some who were killed in action on May 15, 1862. All the remains have been removed."
 
Also see . . .
1. Drewry's Bluff.
Chapel at Fort Darling and soldier's graves image. Click for full size.
By William Frank Browne, April 1865
3. Chapel at Fort Darling and soldier's graves
Library of Congress [LC-B815-1135]
Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Drewry’s Bluff. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
Soldier's cemetery. Grave of Sgt. Frank L. Smith, Co F, 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery in foreground. image. Click for full size.
1865
4. Soldier's cemetery. Grave of Sgt. Frank L. Smith, Co F, 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery in foreground.
Library of Congress [LC-B815-1149]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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