A Perfect Gibraltar

A Perfect Gibraltar (HM11FV)

Location: Richmond, VA 23237
Country: United States of America

N 37° 25.314', W 77° 25.318'

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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
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HM NumberHM11FV
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285682 N 4144430
Decimal Degrees37.42190000, -77.42196667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 25.314', W 77° 25.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 25' 18.84" N, 77° 25' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7600 Fort Darling Rd, Richmond VA 23237, US
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