Drewry's Bluff

located seven miles below Richmond on the James River, this was a popular spot for Richmonders to visit, as well as the scene of a battle between the defenders on the Bluff, and Union ironclads in the river on May 15, 1862. Two years later, Butler's army was attacked near here - this is known as the Second Battle of Drewry's Bluff. The site is now part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Images

1037 Interior of Fort Drury - Ten-Inch Columbiad, with view down River, showing point in middle ground near where the U. S. Iron Clad Galena was repulsed in 1862 - Batteries near Chapin's Bluff in the distance. "
1038 Interior of Fort Drury-Same Gun as shown in No. 1037. "
1039 Interior of Fort Drury - Hot-shot Furnace - Same Columbiad as shown in No. 1037 - Pile of Balls, &c., &c. "
1040 Extreme Battery, Drury's Bluff - Seven Inch Brooke's Rifle Gun - Portion of Hulks forming obstructions visible near left cheek of embrasure, place where Galena was repulsed in 1862 - 1st Conn. Art. on drill. "
1041 Same View as No. 1040 - Chapin's Bluff in the distance. "
1042 Three fourths front view of the same Gun as shown in No. 1040. "
1043 Three-fourths rear view of the same Gun as shown in No. 1040 - Fort Darling on the right of the picture. "
1044 Front View of the same Gun as shown in No. 1040, showing the Gabion forming the right and left cheek of the Embrasure, with Confederate Garrison in rear. "
1045 Officer's Quarters and Magazine at Drury's Bluff. "

1046

Ordnance Depot at Drury’s Bluff—Bird’s eye view of a Ship at the dock. This view was taken from the top of the Bluff, eighty feet above the deck.

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1049

View from Drury's Bluff looking down the River (James) - Chapin's Bluff below the second bend of the River. "
1050 Grave of Frank L. Smith, who was accidentally drowned in James River; also, Confeerate Graves at Drury's Bluff. "

1051

Eight-Inch Broke Gun slung on a captured Confederate Sling Cart, with Limber in front and a U. S. Sling Cart in rear.

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1052

Same Gun And Sling Cart as shown in No. 1051, showing how the Gun is slung under the cart.

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1053 View of large Sling Cart made by the Confederates to move Guns weighing 50,000 lbs. from the Tredegar Works. Used by the 1st Conn. Art. in removing the Guns from the Confederate Water Batteries on James River. "

1054

A three-fourths rear view of the same sling cart shown in 1053— (description seen on No. 1053). This view shows the construction of the wheels, the alternate spokes projecting from opposite ends of the hubs, and all terminating in the same plane in the rim of the wheel.

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1055 Three-fourths front View of the same Sling Cart shown in No. 1053. This view shows the Limber, Brake, and Drag Ropes used by the soldiers in assisting the Horses and mules to move Heavy Guns. "
1056 Front Elevation of the Sling Cart shown in No. 1053. "
1057 Rear of Sling Cart shown in No. 1053. This view shows Trunnion Rings below the Axle, Elevating Screw above and Break Levers. "
1061 View of Low Water Battery, showing Magazine and Entrance - Portion of Obstructions visible under foliage - Chapin's Bluff in the distance. "

1062

Obstructions in the River below Fort Drury.

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1063 Combination of Butler's Gap and Dutch Towers. "
1064 View in Dutch Gap. Steamtug Alida at the Entrance of the Gap. "

1065

Brigade Band at Gen. Abbott’s Headquarters, Fort Drury.

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1066 View of Butler's Dutch Gap Canal. "
1068

View of Confederate Gunboat Drury, blown up and sunk by the 1st Conn. Art. in the James River.

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1069

View of Confederate Church at Fort Darling—Graves in the foreground—Entrance to the Fort on the right.

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1072

Adjt. General's Headquarters at Fort Drury, Va.

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1083 Headquarters 1st Conn. Art. - Gen. Abbott and Staff. "
1150 [Sling Cart used in removing catured artillery at Fort Darling.] "

1151

Sling Cart for moving Heavy Cannon.

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1152 [Sling Cart used in removing catured artillery at Fort Darling.] "
1155 [Sling Cart used in removing catured artillery at Fort Darling, April 1865.] "
461. Drury's Bluff             Levy & Cohen, photographers
E. & H. T. Anthony:

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Interior of the Confederate Fort Darling.

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Interior of the Confederate Fort Darling.

3347

The Celebrated Conf. Fort Darling.

3348

Masked Battery and obstructions, James River. 

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Masked Battery and obstructions, James River.

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Obstructions in James River, Richmond, Va.

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Obstructions in James River, Richmond, Va.

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Interior of the Confederate Fort Darling.

Written Accounts
 
Charleston Mercury 5/16/1862; description of anticipation in Richmond on the eve of the naval battle of Drewry's Bluff
New York Herald 5/19/1862; wonderful Northern perspective on the naval battle at Drewry's Bluff
Richmond Dispatch 5/1/1863; great description of Drewry's Bluff - notes that many visitors have visited the bluff
Richmond Examiner 7/17/1863; no more visitors will be allowed at Drewry's Bluff
Richmond Sentinel 7/29/1863; great physical description of Drewry's Bluff
Richmond Sentinel 8/12/1863; account of a deserter from Drewry's Bluff reporting that the fort garrisons only 90 men
Richmond Sentinel 8/19/1863; officer at Drewry's Bluff is court-martialled for being AWOL, and confined to camp
Richmond Enquirer 10/21/1863; Masonic Lodge has been built at Drewry's Bluff
Richmond Sentinel 10/23/1863; Masonic Lodge has been built at Drewry's Bluff
Richmond Enquirer 5/13/1864; describes Richmond during the Battle of Drewry's Bluff - notes on the admission procedures for the wounded and gives numbers admitted; notes on the hospitals for various states

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