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

Battle of Trent's Reach

 
 
Battle of Trent's Reach Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 18, 2012
1. Battle of Trent's Reach Marker
Inscription.  In a daring attempt to attack the Federal supply base at City Point, 11 warships of the James River Squadron ventured downriver on the night of January 23, 1865. Confederate land batteries fired against Fort Brady as the darkened warships steamed past. One incoming shell disabled a gun in the fort. The foray ended in failure when the Confederate vessels ran into the Federal fleet downriver. Fort Brady s gunners stood ready and shelled the Confederate squadron on their return trip upriver on January 25. Although bloodied, Fort Brady’s defenders had survived their first and only major combat test of the war.

“About 3 A.M., January 25, [I] was apprised by [the] pickets of the return of the [Confederate] boats...waited until they came directly opposite, fired, and knocked over the smoke-stack of the leading one…Worked [the guns] as rapidly and surely as possible, and succeeded in sending some 125 solid shot at them before steaming out of range....All this was under a terrific fire, the enemy putting from ten to fifteen hundred heavy shell in and around my battery....But three men, two engineers and one colored support, were killed
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Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 18, 2012
2. Fort Brady Trail
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inside the work; upward of forty of my company were knocked down by splinters....”

Capt. Henry H. Pierce, Co. C, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery
 
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 23, 1878.
 
Location. 37° 23.484′ N, 77° 21.685′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Hoke Brady Road, 0.9 miles south of Kingsland Road. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Guarding the James (a few steps from this marker); Guns of Fort Brady (a few steps from this marker); Union Defensive Lines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Brady Trail (about 300 feet away); Fort Brady (about 400 feet away); The Tides (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. Desperate Ironclad Assault at Trent's Reach.
Fort Brady interior view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher
3. Fort Brady interior view
September 1995 issue of America's Civil War magazine. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

3. The Richmond Ironclads at Trent's Reach, James River (slide show). Virginia Department of Historic Resources (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on January 8, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Aug. 8, 2022