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James River James River-1865
James River from Drewry's Bluff - 1865.

James River from Drewry's Bluff - 1998.

Cannon Cannon
Cannon at Fort Darling - Drewry's Bluff - 1865. Cannon at Fort Darling - Drewry's Bluff - 1998.


Date: May 15, 1862
Estimated Casualties: 41 total

With the fall of Yorktown, the Confederate ironclad Virginia at Norfolk was scuttled to prevent her capture. This opened the James River to Federal gunboats. On May 15, five gunboats, including the ironclads Monitor and Galena, steamed up the James to test the Richmond defenses. They encountered submerged obstacles and deadly accurate fire from the batteries at Drewry's Bluff, which inflicted severe damage on the Galena. The Federal Navy was turned back. (Text Source: U.S. Gov't, National Park Service)

Drewry's Bluff - September, 1998.
The Cannon, shown at the top of this page, is marked with an arrow.

Cannon Sling
Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (vicinity).
Sling for heavy artillery

Sling Cart used in removing the captured artillery - Fort
Darling, Drewry's Bluff, James River, Virginia, April '65.

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