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Fort Brady was built by the Union army in July 1864 along the northern banks of the James River to keep Confederate ships from sailing south.  It was basically a series of earthworks with cannons pointed out towards the river.  Unfortunately it was built too high up on the cliffs to be able to aim the cannons down towards the river.  However it did effectively keep the Confederate ironclads from attacking the Union troops.  You can read about one engagement between the ironclads and Fort Brady that occurred on January 23, 1865 called the Battle of Trent’s Reach.

Updated 9/4/2011