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- Multiple Days: 05/20/2017, 05/21/2017
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The Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 15, 1862 saw the Union navy defeated in their effort to capture Richmond. Drewry's Bluff was not just a fort, however, as it served as the home to the Confederate Naval Academy and the Confederate Marine Corps Camp of Instruction. New technology was also deployed along the river during the war in a lesser-known part of the struggle for Richmond.
Saturday and Sunday re-enactors representing Confederate Marines and the Jamers River Squadron will be camped at the fort. Visitors are welcome to explore the camp and learn about uniforms, weapons, and equpment. Throught the day troops will drill with a cannon, going throught he motions to load and fire.
There will be special children's activities, and a chance to earn a Junior Ranger patch. Children age 5-13 are welcome to participate!
Saturday only, staff from the Monitor Center of the Mariner's Museum will have a special display about the recovery of the USS Monitor and the care of artifacts.
The program schedule for the weekend is below:
11:00 a.m. "Tourism on the Front Line: visiting Drewry’s Bluff during the war"
2:00 p.m. "USS Monitor, Fortress of Iron”
11:00 a.m. "Technology and Weapons of War on the River”
2:00 p.m. "Tourism on the Front Line: visiting Drewry’s Bluff during the war"
All programs start at the parking area. The event is free.