9th June, 1863 (Friday).
I embarked at 10 A. M. on board a small steamer to visit Drewry's Bluff on the James River, the scene of the repulse of the ironclads Monitor and Galena.
The stream exactly opposite Richmond is very shallow and rocky, but it becomes navigable about a mile below the city.
Drewry's Bluff is about eight miles distant, and, before reaching it, we had to pass through two bridges-one of boats, and the other a wooden bridge.
I was shown over the fortifications by Captain Chatard, Confederate States navy, who was in command during the absence of Captain Lee.
A flotilla of Confederate gunboats was lying just above the obstructions, and nearly opposite to the bluff.
Amongst them was the Yorktown, alias Patrick Henry, which, under the command of my friend Captain Tucker, figured in the memorable Merrimac attack.
There was also an ironclad called the Richmond, and two or three smaller craft.
Beyond Drewry's Bluff, on the opposite side of the river, is Chaffin's