Southwest Bastion

Southwest Bastion (HM4RO)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22304
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.776', W 77° 6.206'

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The Southwest Bastion was the most heavily fortified area of the fort with emplacements for seven guns, as well as a magazine and a filling room. The largest gun in Fort Ward, a 100-pounder Parrott Rifle, was located in the Southwest Bastion. This weapon was mounted on a center pintle (circular) carriage and could fire a 100-pound projectile a distance of about five miles. The Parrott Rifle was important because of its capability of defending both the Leesburg Turnpike and the Little River Turnpike, two major roads into Alexandria.

The viewing platform to the right of this marker spans an opening (outlet) in the fort wall that enabled troops to move through the ditch to an outlying rifle trench without being exposed to enemy fire.
HM NumberHM4RO
Series This marker is part of the Defenses of Washington series
Placed ByCity of Alexandria
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 11:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 317415 N 4299969
Decimal Degrees38.82960000, -77.10343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.776', W 77° 6.206'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 46.56" N, 77° 6' 12.36" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4369-4399 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria VA 22304, US
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