The Defenses of Washington

The Defenses of Washington (HM2HLZ)

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N 38° 51.923', W 77° 2.972'

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Fort Runyon was the largest in area of 164 Civil War forts and batteries built in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Defenses of Washington, as they were known, formed a 37-mile ring around the capital as protection from Confederate attack.

Fort Runyon initially functioned as a bridgehead protecting the capital from direct assault via the Long Bridge. Later in the war, many of its armaments were moved to fortifications on higher ground, and Fort Runyon served primarily as a supply depot for Union troops as a checkpoint for civilians crossing into the capital.
Placed ByThe Boeing Company
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Date Added Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322183 N 4303834
Decimal Degrees38.86538333, -77.04953333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.923', W 77° 2.972'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 55.38" N, 77° 2' 58.32" W
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