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

Guarding the River

Fort Brady – 1864

 
 
Guarding the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Guarding the River Marker
Inscription.  After capturing Fort Harrison in September 1864, Federal troops built Fort Brady as a defensive post on the James River.

In January 1865, Confederate ships attempted to threaten the Federal supply base downriver at City Point. Passing Fort Brady in darkness, the ships returned Union fire, disabled a large Parrot rifle, killed three Union artillerists, and wounded many in the fort. The foray, known as the battle of Trent’s Reach, ended in failure when the Confederate ironclads ran ito artillery fire and low water south of Fort Brady.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 23.476′ N, 77° 21.693′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Hoke Brady Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in the Fort Brady Unit of Richmond National Battlefield
Marker in Fort Brady image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Marker in Fort Brady
The marker can be seen here inside Fort Brady on the right of the photo. A break in the fortifications to the left leads to an overlook of the James River.
Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Guarding the James (here, next to this marker); Guns of Fort Brady (a few steps from this marker); Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Inside Fort Brady (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Trent's Reach (a few steps from this marker); Union Defensive Lines (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Brady Trail (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. The marker features a photograph of “The ironclad C.S.S. Richmond [which] was part of the Confederate expedition to Trent’s Reach.”
 
Regarding Guarding the River. This marker was replaced by a new one named Guarding the James (See nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Inside Fort Brady image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Inside Fort Brady
Marker is located along a walking trail of Fort Brady on the James River.
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Fort Brady Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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Jun. 1, 2020