Drewry’s Bluff/ Fort Darling

Not that I am much of a Civil War buff, but the brown historic sign flashed on I95 heading south out of Richmond and I headed to the Drewry’s Bluff site, part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Not too distant from freeway noise is a nice short walk (perhaps a mille) to the site of Fort Darling where the Confederate Army successfully protected the James River from the approach of Union boats in May 9,1862.

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The fort was on a bluff above the James and has a commanding view downstream toward Williamsburg. The earthen embankments remain in place but the pits dug for protection from shelling have collapsed. A very pleasant location for an historic stroll.

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