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May 23, 2012 3:25 PM

Drewry's Bluff Proves a Strong Fortress

Having lost Norfolk, Va., in March 1862, Confederates realized the James River was open for a Federal advance on Richmond. The Confederate army needed to select a position along the river which would command all traffic on the James. This second-line was a bluff overlooking a sharp bend in the river. The bluff, named after Confederate Captain Augustus Drewry, was the location of the battle of Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1862.

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