Fort Stevens

Fort Stevens (HM1E3)

Location: Washington, DC 20011
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 57.831', W 77° 1.773'

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Civil War Defenses of Washington

The partial reconstruction of Fort Stevens that you see today was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. No visible evidence of the original fort remains.

Battle of Fort Stevens
July 11-12, 1864

On July 11-12, 1864, Fort Stevens was the focal point of a Confederate attack by Gen. Jubal Early with his force of 15,000 soldiers. Defended by a meager force of convalescents, quartermaster employees and 100 day militia volunteers, Fort Stevens held back an attack by Confederate skirmishers on July 11. Reinforcements from the Union 6th and the 19th Corps on the second day checked and turned back the only Confederate threat against Washington, D.C., during the war. Late in the afternoon of July 12, President Abraham Lincoln was exposed to Confederate fire while observing this battle where approximately 900 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing.

Nearby Battleground Cemetery, which was dedicated by President Lincoln soon after the battle, contains the graves of 40 Union soldiers who died in defense of Fort Stevens.
HM NumberHM1E3
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series, and the Defenses of Washington series.
Placed ByNational Parks Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 11:40pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324160 N 4314723
Decimal Degrees38.96385000, -77.02955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.831', W 77° 1.773'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 49.86" N, 77° 1' 46.38" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1099 Quackenbos St NW, Washington DC 20011, US
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