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Drewry's Bluff

Battle Name : Drewry's Bluff

Date(s) : 15 May 1862

Part of : American Civil War , Eastern Theatre, 1862 ,

Outcome : A victory for American Confederate Forces over American Union Forces

Type of battle : Land


Two Union ironclads, the Monitor and the Galena, backed up by two wooden support vessels steamed up the James to attack Richmond. As they approached the partially completed battery at Drewry's Bluff the Confederate guns opened up. The wooden craft fell back, and the Monitor, after finding that she couldn't elevate her guns far enough to engage the battery, joined them. The Galena stayed for 3 hours suffering 28 hits, including 18 which went through her armour before finally limping back to join the others.