Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

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Battle of Drewry’s Bluff
Fort Darling
Fort Drewry
Began:

May 15, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Chesterfield County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Peninsula Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Detachment from
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron

Fort Darling battery garrison

Commanders

John Rodgers
Commander, USN

Ebenezer Farrand
Commander, CSN
Augustus H. Drewry
Captain, CSA

Strength

USS Monitor
USS Galena
USS Aroostook
USS Port Royal
USRC Naugatuck

Casualties

24

15

  

With the fall of Yorktown, the Confederate ironclad CSS 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 USS Monitor and USS 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 Galena. The Federal Navy was turned back.

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