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

A Perfect Gibraltar

 
 
A Perfect Gibraltar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 12, 2012
1. A Perfect Gibraltar Marker
Inscription. After the repulse of the Union Navy on May 15, 1862, Drewry’s Bluff became famous as a tangible symbol of Confederate resistance. Work crews made up of impressed slave labor continued construction of the fort, eventually completing a four-sided, enclosed earthwork bristling with guns.

This photograph, taken from the wall behind you, shows the section built after May 15. Following the war the bombproofs collapsed leaving deep impressions in the earth. Also note that the ground was completely open, allowing the fort’s defenders to see for miles. When orders came to evacuate Richmond, the Confederate garrison abandoned the fort and joined Lee’s army during its retreat to Appomattox. For many of them, their active service ended with capture at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, April 6, 1865.

Drewry’s Bluff did not remain vacant long. Union troops immediately took possession of the fort that for three years had barred their way to Richmond.

“Drury’s Bluff battery is a perfect Gibraltar and can never be taken by gunboats.”
Henry L. Graves, 2nd Georgia Battalion
 
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.314′ N, 77° 25.318′ W. Marker is
A Perfect Gibraltar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 12, 2012
2. A Perfect Gibraltar Marker
Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Drewyry's Bluff torpedo exhibit.
near Richmond, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Fort Darling Road half a mile north of Bellwood Road. Touch for map. This marker is located in the Drewry’s Bluff (Fort Darling) unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7600 Fort Darling Road, Richmond VA 23237, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Finishing Fort Drewry ( here, next to this marker); Hot Shot and Wooden Ships ( a few steps from this marker); The USS Monitor ( within shouting distance of this marker); Drewry’s Bluff ( within shouting distance of this marker); Duty Above and Beyond ( within shouting distance of this marker); May 15, 1862—The Battle of Drewry's Bluff ( within shouting distance of this marker); Covered Way ( within shouting distance of this marker); "A Very Neat Chapel" ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Drewry’s Bluff. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Drewry’s Bluff. Civil War Richmond (Submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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