Battle of Drewry's Bluff

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The Battle of Drewry's Bluff, also known as the Battle of Fort Darling, or Fort Drewry, took place on May 15, 1862, in Chesterfield County, Virginia, as part of the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Four Union Navy warships, including the ironclads USS Monitor and Galena, and the United States Revenue Cutter Service's ironclad USRC Naugatuck steamed up the James River to test the defenses of Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital. They encountered submerged obstacles, and deadly accurate fire from the batteries of Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, which inflicted severe damage on Galena, forcing them to turn back.

Battle of Drewry's Bluff
Part of the American Civil War
DateMay 15, 1862 (1862-05-15)
Result Confederate victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
Naval_jack_of_the_United_States_%281861%E2%80%931863%29.svg John Rodgers Naval_ensign_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America_%281863%E2%80%931865%29.svg Ebenezer Farrand
Battle_flag_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America.svg William Mahone
Naval_ensign_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America_%281863%E2%80%931865%29.svg John Taylor Wood
3 ironclads
2 gunboats
~8 artillery pieces
1 fort
1 shore battery
Casualties and losses
2 ironclads damaged
2 gunboats damaged
27 killed or wounded[1]
1 fort damaged
15 killed or wounded[1]