Maj Augustus Harrison Drewry

Maj Augustus Harrison Drewry

Birth
King William County, Virginia, USA
Death 6 Jul 1899 (aged 81)
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Westover, Charles City County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 11497725 · View Source
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Company G, 2nd Virginia Artillery, Drewry's Bluff, VA., Dept. of Richmond, C.S.A.
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Born at "Brandywine", his grandfather's plantation in King William County. He was son of Mildred Stevens Fox (1798-1872) and Martin Drewry (d. 1862). (Both Mildred and Martin are buried at "BelleVue" in King William County, VA.)
He was educated in the Richmond Academy.
Married twice: first to Lavinia Anderson, then to Mary Harrison, who was said to have been a descendant of Pocahontas. Both marriages were childless.
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<b> - Maj. Augustus Henry Drewry - </b>
Maj. Augustus Henry Drewry died on July 6 at St. Luke's Home for the Sick, in Richmond. Va.
He was born in that city on November 6, 1817, a was educated in the old Richmond Academy under
Professor Burke, and entered the mercantile business about the year 1836.
In 1845 he married Miss Lavina E. Anderson, of Chesterfield County, and soon after purchased the farm including what is now known as Drewry's Bluff, where he resided until the
close of the war.
He was deeply interested in agricultural advancement, and was for many years President of the Virginia Agricultural Society.
In 1861 Maj. Drewry, with Capt. James P. Jones, of Chesterfield, equipped an artillery company, which, at his earnest request, was stationed at Drewry's Bluff.
Maj. Drewry, foreseeing that in the event an attack was made on Richmond, the bluff would be a most impregnable point. He urged upon the Confederate authorities the necessity for improving the natural conditions of the bluff and converting it into a fort. This was done, and, true to his predictions, in the spring of 1862, after the evacuation of Norfolk and the sinking of the Virginia (or Merrimac), the Federal fleet moved on Richmond, and passed all forts until Drewry's Bluff was reached. Here Maj. Drewry turned his battery upon them and forced the Northern invaders to turn back after a hard-fought battle, which badly crippled their fleet.
During the fight Maj. Drewry was conspicuous for his gallantry. Mounted on the the fortifications, he encouraged his men during the engagement, directing the fire of his guns with such skill that success was assured. He refused to heed the earnest and repeated pleading of his men to come down from his dangerous position, and calmly allowed the shot from the enemy's batteries to fall like hail around him. This was a most decisive battle so compliment was paid to Maj. Drewry's energy and ability by his unanimous election as President of the Virginia Navigation Company, which position he held up to the time of his death.
Maj. Drewry was a fine type of the old Virginia gentleman. He was a man of intellect and business acumen, his advice being sought by his friends upon all questions where tact and good judgement were required. <i>Confederate Veteran</i>, 1899, p. 461.
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Brother of FAG 21715755.

Bio by: BigFrench


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  • Created by: Scott Hutchison
  • Added: 8 Aug 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11497725
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Augustus Harrison Drewry (6 Nov 1817–6 Jul 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11497725, citing Westover Parish Church Cemetery, Westover, Charles City County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Scott Hutchison (contributor 46635174) .