Naval Assault at Drewry's Bluff

Naval Assault at Drewry's Bluff (HMAMV)

Location: Richmond, VA 23231
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 24.076', W 77° 23.191'

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On May 15, 1862 a small federal fleet including the ironclads, the Monitor, the Galena, and three wooden war ships sailed up the James River to try to enter the Confederate capital at Richmond. Their efforts were blocked at Drewry's Bluff by Confederates with heavy sea coast guns and a channel loaded with sunken vessels. Neither Union ship could elevate its guns to damage Confederates on the high bluff. The Galena received extensive damage during the four hour battle. Two members of the US Naval crew and one US Marine received the Medal of Honor for Valor due to their bravery under fire. The defenders at Drewry's Bluff saved Richmond from attack by water for the duration of the Civil War.
Marker NumberHC-24
Year Placed2005
Placed ByCounty of Henrico
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 1:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 288762 N 4142060
Decimal Degrees37.40126667, -77.38651667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.076', W 77° 23.191'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 4.56" N, 77° 23' 11.46" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9530 Osborne Turnpike, Richmond VA 23231, US
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