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

A Permanent Post

 
 
A Permanent Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 5, 2011
1. A Permanent Post Marker
Inscription.  By 1863 the Drewry’s Bluff post expanded into a military city. Hundreds of Confederate soldiers, sailors, and Marines camped on these grounds. The Confederate States Naval Academy held classes in buildings and aboard the side-wheeled steamer CSS Patrick Henry, anchored in the James River. A wide variety of supporting structures were built that included barracks, a chapel, a post office, a hotel, and even a Masonic lodge. Steamships brought civilians down from Richmond nearly every day to picnic, socialize, and watch the sailors and Marines drill.

“This encampment resembles a pioneer village…one sees small log-houses with doors, windows, and fireplaces….”
Charles Girard, French envoy
 
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 year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 37° 25.349′ N, 77° 25.395′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Fort Darling
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Road, half a mile north of Bellwood Road. This marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff (Fort Darling) unit of 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. Fort Darling (a few steps from this marker); The First Marine Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Beall (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Very Neat Chapel" (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Covered Way (about 400 feet away); A Perfect Gibraltar (about 400 feet away); The USS Monitor (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a period photo with the caption, "June 1865, Union officers and their wives gather at the front porch of a former Confederate building."

On the right is a map with the caption, "The Confederate Engineer Bureau prepared this important map in 1863, showing the layout of the Drewry’s Bluff post and fort."
 
Also see . . .
1. Drewry's Bluff. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on September 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. Drewry's Bluff. Civil War
Map of Drewry's Bluff post & fort image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 5, 2011
2. Map of Drewry's Bluff post & fort
Richmond (Submitted on September 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Drewery's Bluff post Office
I lived on Dalebrook Drive in what was Drewer’s Bluff back in 1957 to early 60s. I walked to the post office, which is still there by the way. On my trips back to see my mother and or to drive by the old home, I always drive past the Old Post Office.

This was a memory of my past as my mother put me in a little Red wagon and pull me to the Post Office to get our mail with my little sister.
    — Submitted January 8, 2012, by Emmett St.Clair of Kirkwood, Pennsylvania.
 
A Permanent Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 5, 2011
3. A Permanent Post Marker
A Permanent Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 5, 2011
4. A Permanent Post Marker
Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Officer's quarters. 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery, Fort Darling image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Frank Brown, circa 1865
5. Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Officer's quarters. 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery, Fort Darling
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-00642]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 6, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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