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

Fort Darling

Defences of Drewry's Bluff

 
 
Fort Darling Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, January 17, 2004
1. Fort Darling Marker
Inscription.  Eastward 150 yards was the Confederate Fort Darling which constituted, with the works at Chaffin’s Bluff across the James, the main defence of the approaches to Richmond by water. Often the target of Federal fire, Fort Darling held out till Richmond fell.
 
Erected by Battlefield Markers Association. (Marker Number 59.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia - D.S. Freeman (Richmond Battlefields) series list.
 
Location. 37° 25.356′ N, 77° 25.408′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Fort Darling Road. Located within the Drewry's Bluff (Fort Darling) unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7600 Fort Darling Road, Richmond VA 23237, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Permanent Post (a few steps from this marker); Camp Beall (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Drewry’s Bluff
Fort Darling Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, January 17, 2004
2. Fort Darling Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The First Marine Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Very Neat Chapel" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bombproof and Well (about 400 feet away); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (about 500 feet away); Covered Way (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Drewry’s Bluff. 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.) 
 
Additional keywords. Freeman Markers, Richmond Battlefield Parks Corporation, Douglas Southall Freeman
 
Fort Darling Marker Can Be Seen Underneath The Trees image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, October 22, 2016
3. Fort Darling Marker Can Be Seen Underneath The Trees
Look closely underneath the trees, a concrete base is visible. This is the location of the "Fort Darling" Freeman Marker. However,a chain-link fence is located a few yards in front of the marker, (not photographed) preventing public access. This is the closest you can get to the marker, as it is no longer accessible to the public.
Southside Artillery demonstration in Fort Darling. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 12, 2012
4. Southside Artillery demonstration in Fort Darling.
Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Drewry's Bluff.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,451 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on February 18, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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