Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—Richmond Nat’l Battleﬁeld Pk – 1862/64 —
The Battles of Drewry’s Bluff
Two Union expeditions tested the Drewry’s Bluff defenses. A five-ship flotilla came up the river on May 15, 1862, but stiff resistance from the fort here blocked that effort. Two years later, the Union Army of the James under General Benjamin F. Butler landed south of here at Bermuda Hundred and threatened Richmond by land. Severe infantry battles all through May 1864 proved the worth of the fortifications. Union infantry penetrated to within sight of Fort Drewry, but failed to reach the riverside redoubt. Drewry’s Bluff remained in Confederate hands until the end of the war, having stood as a dependable link in the extended chain of Richmond’s defenses.
[Right Marker]: Drewry’s Bluff
“Nothing could have been more beautiful than the neatness and precision of the movement with which Rodgers placed the Galena, as if at target-practice, directly
- Prof. James Russell Soley, U.S.N.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 25.273′ N, 77° 25.471′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Fort Darling Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff/Fort Darling unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Covered Way (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Permanent Post (about 600 feet away); Fort Darling (about 600 feet away); Camp Beall (about 600 feet away); "A Very Neat Chapel" (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Drewry's Bluff (about 700 feet away); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (about 800 feet away); A Perfect Gibraltar (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker features a map of Richmond
Regarding Drewry’s Bluff. This marker was replaced by a new one named Drewry's Bluff (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Drewry’s Bluff. Richmond National Battlefield website. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Drewry’s Bluff. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, 15 May 1862. American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,156 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.