Immediately after the battle, men of Chesterfield County's own Southside Artillery, along with others, worked to strengthen the fort. The section before you was likely their first project. Eventually the earthworks around you formed an enclosed fort, armed with as many as eight large guns. Although the defenses at Drewry's Bluff became more and more powerful, the fort never fired another shot in anger.
"Don't a man leave for the quarters, for I want you to fix up these parapets that have been knocked down, and those sand-bags torn to pieces must be replaced and get ready for them, for the boats will probably be back here again in two hours."
Capt. Augustus Drewry, commanding Southside Artillery, quoted by Sgt. Samuel A. Mann