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

Naval Assault at Drewry’s Bluff

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 21, 2009
1. Naval Assault at Drewry’s Bluff Marker
Inscription.  On May 15, 1862 a small federal fleet including the ironclads, the Monitor, the Galena, and three wooden war ships sailed up the James River to try to enter the Confederate capital at Richmond. Their efforts were blocked at Drewry’s Bluff by Confederates with heavy sea coast guns and a channel loaded with sunken vessels. Neither Union ship could elevate its guns to damage Confederates on the high bluff. The Galena received extensive damage during the four hour battle. Two members of the US Naval crew and one US Marine received the Medal of Honor for Valor due to their bravery under fire. The defenders at Drewry’s Bluff saved Richmond from attack by water for the duration of the Civil War.
 
Erected 2005 by County of Henrico. (Marker Number HC-24.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1864.
 
Location. 37° 24.076′ N, 77° 23.191′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Osborne Turnpike 0.3 miles north of Kingsland Road, on the right when traveling
Naval Assault at Drewry’s Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 21, 2009
2. Naval Assault at Drewry’s Bluff Marker
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south. This marker is on the river bank at Osborne Park & Boat Landing. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9680 Osborne Turnpike, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osborne Landing (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Osborne Landing (here, next to this marker); Curvy Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Empty Victory (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Hoke: Empty Victory (approx. 1.2 miles away); Guns of Fort Brady (approx. 1˝ miles away); Powder Magazine (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Powder Magazine (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varina.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 856 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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