The Civil War Defenses of Washington

The Civil War Defenses of Washington (HM26BX)

Location: Washington, DC 20017
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 56.453', W 77° 0.198'

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Rifle Trench & Two Gun Battery

The ridge that extends along the edge of the parking lot to the right where you are standing is the remains of a rifle trench built during the Civil War. This ridge, part of the Defenses of Washington, connected Ft. Totten to the north and Ft. Slemmer to the south. Fixed emplacements for artillery—known as batteries—were between the forts. One such battery is located at the end the ridge.

This ridge is an important part of our past. Constructed to protect the Federal Capital against a Confederate attack, the Defenses of Washington consisted of 164 forts and batteries. At the end of the Civil War, Washington, D.C. was one of the most heavily fortified cities in the world.

· Photograph of typical bunker and rifle trenches built to protect Washington during Civil War.
· Sector Map

This Plaque Erected by:
Joe Horning &
Reed Young
HM NumberHM26BX
Placed ByJoe Horning & Reed Young
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at 4:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 326378 N 4312124
Decimal Degrees38.94088333, -77.00330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 56.453', W 77° 0.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 56' 27.18" N, 77° 0' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 220-256 Taylor St NE, Washington DC 20017, US
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