Drewry's Bluff dro͝or´ēz [key], high ground on the southern bank of the James River, E Va., S of Richmond; scene of two engagements in the Civil War. On May 15, 1862, the Confederates, positioned on the bluff, repulsed Union gunboats that were part of Gen. George McClellan's Peninsular campaign . In May, 1864, Union Gen. Benjamin Butler led the Army of the James up the peninsula against Richmond. Butler was defeated at Drewrys Bluff on May 16, 1864, by a greatly inferior Confederate force under Gen. Pierre Beauregard.
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