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

Finishing Fort Drewry

 
 
Finishing Fort Drewry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 17, 2010
1. Finishing Fort Drewry Marker
Inscription. Immediately after the battle, men of Chesterfield County’s own Southside Artillery, along with others, worked to strengthen the fort. The section before you was likely their first project. Eventually the earthworks around you formed an enclosed fort, armed with as many as eight large guns. Although the defenses at Drewry’s Bluff became more and more powerful, the fort never fired another shot in anger.

“Don’t a man leave for the quarters, for I want you to fix up these parapets that have been knocked down, and those sand-bags torn to pieces must be replaced and get ready for them, for the boats will probably be back here again in two hours.”
Capt. Augustus Drewry, commanding Southside Artillery, quoted by Sgt. Samuel A. Mann
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.314′ N, 77° 25.313′ 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
Fort Drewry (Fort Darling) Interior image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 17, 2010
2. Fort Drewry (Fort Darling) Interior
markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Perfect Gibraltar (here, next to this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (a few steps from this marker); The USS Monitor (within shouting distance of this marker); May 15, 1862—The Battle of Drewry's Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Drewry’s Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Duty Above and Beyond (within shouting distance of this marker); Covered Way (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Very Neat Chapel" (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. The background of this panel is period photograph with the caption, "This 1865 photograph was made from where you now stand. The Union soldier rests in the doorway of a “bombproof” that provided shelter during heavy bombardment. The fort’s well and hand pump are visible in the foreground. The bombproof and well have long since collapsed, and the gun position to the right now stands vacant."
 
Also see . . .
1. Drewry’s Bluff. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Bombproof and Well” (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Collapsed Bombproof image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 17, 2010
3. Collapsed Bombproof
 

3. Drewry’s Bluff. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Drewry's Bluff, Va. Interior of Fort Darling (Confederate) on the James image. Click for full size.
1865
4. Drewry's Bluff, Va. Interior of Fort Darling (Confederate) on the James
Library of Congress [LC-B811-3345]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 8 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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