Tag Archives: Drewry’s Bluff

On the March to Sailor’s Creek with Tucker’s Naval Battalion

One thousand Confederate sailors and Marines defended Richmond by April 1865. Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes commanded the James River Squadron’s ironclads, wooden steamers, and torpedo boats. The Confederate Naval Academy, officers in training, operated CSS Patrick Henry. Captain John R. … Continue reading

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Forts — Drewry’s Bluff: Tourism on the Front Lines

On St. Patrick’s Day, 1862, soldiers began construction of fortifications at Drewry’s Bluff, overlooking the James River about eight miles south of Richmond. This location was a key spot in defending Richmond by water. Drewry’s Bluff was not only a … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The End of the Line

There is a line in the movie Gettysburg where General Strong Vincent says to Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, “You’re the end of the line.” Vincent has emphasized that the Maine unit occupies a key spot, and cannot withdraw or retreat. … Continue reading

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Maine at War: May 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in May at his blog, Maine at War: May 6, 2020: A tale of two forts Built to deter enemy warships, Fort Knox in Maine and Fort Pulaski in Georgia experience different … Continue reading

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Drewry’s Bluff: Victory Without Satisfaction

Few campaigns in the American Civil War seemed to hold as much potential as Benjamin Butler’s Bermuda Hundred landings. Butler was expected to threaten and if possible capture Richmond, the long sought brass ring in the Eastern Theater. He could … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender – Drewry’s Bluff

Drewry’s Bluff is the most unique and iconic location among Richmond National Battlefield Park’s thirteen units. The last stop on the Park Service’s recommended seventy-mile see-it-all driving tour, the site is certainly worth an extended visit on its own merits.

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Assigning Blame at Drewry’s Bluff: Whiting and Ransom

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick When General P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Major General Benjamin Butler at Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1864, he intended to win a great victory. The plan was for Butler to be … Continue reading

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On Victory

Douglas MacArthur famously said, “In war, there is no substitute for victory.” Yet as one looks at the Civil War, many battles seem not to offer a clear winner, or at the least, they offer a complicated definition of who … Continue reading

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Repercussions of Drewry’s Bluff 1862

Earlier this month, Caroline Davis wrote about the Confederate defenders of Drewry’s Bluff. For students of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, the Federal Navy’s defeat on the James ranks as a key moment in the operation. The main Federal effort for … Continue reading

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The Less Famous Lee

A devastated Robert E. Lee arrived too late for his older brother’s funeral in 1869. “A sad gap in our family… a grievous affliction to me which I must bear as well as I can,” he tearfully remarked to Mary, his … Continue reading

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