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

Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Drewry’s Bluff - 1862

 
 
Battle of Drewry’s Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
1. Battle of Drewry’s Bluff Marker
Inscription.  
May 15, 1862
When Federal gunboats round the bend, they enter a shooting gallery. Confederate soldiers and marines along the riverbanks rake the decks with musket fire. These batteries, ninety feet above the water, are perched too high for ships’ guns to strike accurately.

Richmond, the Union target, is visible to your left – only seven miles upriver. But after four hours of fighting, the gunboats withdraw downstream – the last major naval threat to the Confederate capital.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 15, 1862.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 25.328′ N, 77° 25.298′ W. Marker was in Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker could be reached from Fort Darling Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff/Fort Darling unit of Richmond National Battlefield
Marker at Drewry’s Bluff image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
2. Marker at Drewry’s Bluff
The James River can be seen in the photo behind the marker. Gunboats approaching Richmond by this route could not fire high enough to target the guns of Dreyry's Bluff.
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Park. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Richmond VA 23237, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. May 15, 1862—The Battle of Drewry's Bluff (here, next to this marker); Duty Above and Beyond (here, next to this marker); Drewry’s Bluff (a few steps from this marker); The USS Monitor (a few steps from this marker); Finishing Fort Drewry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Gibraltar (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Very Neat Chapel" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a picture of Confederate gunners manning one of the cannons at Drewry’s Bluff. The upper left of the marker contains a cross-section of the Union ironclad Monitor, one of the gunboats that participated in the May 15, 1862 encounter.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. New Marker At This Location titled "May 15, 1862—The Battle of Drewry's Bluff".
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, 15 May 1862. American Civil War website. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Cannon at Drewry’s Bluff image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Cross-section of the USS Monitor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 21, 2007
5. Cross-section of the USS Monitor
The USS Monitor was one of the gunboats that were turned away from their May 15, 1862 approach to Richmond by the guns at Drewry's Bluff.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,088 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 31, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Jun. 27, 2022