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Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA

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Drewry
Drewry's Bluff

As capital of the newly formed Confederate States of America, Richmond, Virginia, became the constant target of northern armies. The key to the city's river defenses lay in a small fort only seven miles south of the capital: Drewry's Bluff. On May 15, 1862, a Federal squadron steamed around the bend in the river below Drewry's Bluff. The squadron opened fire on Drewry's Bluff. When Confederate batteries in the fort replied, the whole vicinity shook with the concussion of the big guns. Southern infantry lined the banks of the river to harass the sailors. After four long hours of exchanging fire, the "perfect tornado of shot and shell" ended. Federal sailors suffered at least 14 dead and 13 wounded, while the Confederates admitted to 7 killed and 8 wounded. The massive fort on Drewry's Bluff had blunted the Union advance just seven miles short of the Confederate capital. Richmond remained safe. Drewry's Bluff is one of the 13 units that Richmond National Battlefied park preserves.

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Tredegar Iron Works
Tredegar Iron Works

Tredegar Iron Works was an iron foundry during the Civil War and produced more than 1000 field and siege cannons during the war. Today, Tredegar Iron Works serves as the main visitor center for Richmond National Battlefield Park. The site introduces visitors to the city of Richmond and the two military campaigns fought around the city- the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the 1864 Overland Campaign. Exhibits on the 3rd floor discuss the military and home front throughout the war

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Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond's story is not just the tale of one large Civil War battle, nor even one important campaign. Instead, the park's resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest...[more]

Address

Richmond National Battlefield Park
3215 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Email:bob_krick@nps.gov

Directions

We recommend that you start your visit to our park at the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works located at 470 Tredegar Street: Traveling north on I-95: take exit 74C. Take 17th Street to Broad Street. Turn right on Broad Street and stay on it to 14th Street. Turn left on 14th Street and stay on it to Canal Street. Turn right and stay on Canal Street to 5th Street. Turn left on 5th Street and stay on it to Tredegar Street. Turn right on Tredegar Street and then turn right again into the parking lot. Traveling South on I-95: use exit 75 (3rd Street) for Civil War Visitor Center. The off ramp will merge onto 3rd Street. Stay on 3rd Street to Cary Street. Turn left onto Cary Street. Stay on Cary Street to 5th Street. Turn right on Tredegar Street. Traveling east on I-64: follow to intersection with I-95 south through the city of Richmond. Follow the above directions for I-95 south. Traveling west on I-64, use the 5th Street exit. Take 5th Street to its end. Turn right on Tredegar Street.

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