Near Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
May 15, 1862—The Battle of Drewry's Bluﬀ
For four hours, the Galena and her crew absorbed a relentless pounding from the Confederate gunners before retreating downriver. Of the 164 officers and men aboard, 27 fell killed or wounded. Southern forces suffered 15 casualties. The first attempt to take Richmond by river failed, and never again would the U.S. Navy challenge the guns of Drewry’s Bluff.
“The batteries on the Rebel side were beautifully served and put their shots through our side with great precision … The Galena did most of the fighting—her sides look as though she had an attack of smallpox.”
Commander John Rodgers, USS Galena
Location. 37° 25.328′ N, 77° 25.3′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Fort Darling 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. Duty Above and Beyond (here, next to this marker); Drewry’s Bluff (a few steps from this marker); The USS Monitor (a few steps from this marker); Finishing Fort Drewry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Gibraltar (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Very Neat Chapel" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Covered Way (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the right is a painting of the Battle of Drewry's Bluff.
Also see . . .
1. Drewry's Bluff. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Battle of Drewry’s Bluff” (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Drewry’s Bluff. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,178 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.