Two weekends ago, our family took a trip to Drewry’s Bluff, part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park network.
Drewry’s Bluff is located just a few miles from I-95, off exit 64 in Chesterfield, and the way is clearly marked with signs. Once we arrived at the park, we parked in the very small lot at the entrance, and walked the trail to the site. (The trail is about a mile long, and mostly gravel.)
At the site, we passed earthworks and climbed a few steps to a great view of the James River, and more information about the battle of Drewry’s Bluff.
During the Civil War, the North invading the Confederate capital of Richmond via the James River was a real threat. On May 15, 1862, five Union ships, including the ironclad Galena, attempted to pass the fort at Drewry’s Bluff en route to attack Richmond. After a four hour fight, they were forced to retreat back down the river.
There is also a cannon perched over the river that my four-year-old found very interesting.
Seeing as the 150th anniversary of the battle at Drewry’s Bluff is less than a week away, this Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, the National Park Service is holding a living history weekend event with demonstrations, ranger-guided tours, and commemorative programs. There will be activities for families, a performance by the USMC Quantico Marine Band, artillery demonstrations, etc.
There are additional events scheduled as well, beginning on Wednesday – Full schedule