Profile of Fort

Profile of Fort (HM4SJ)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22304
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.865', W 77° 6.138'

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This exterior view of the restored Northwest Bastion illustrates the effectiveness of an earthwork fort. The fort walls were 18-22 feet high, 12-14 feet thick, and slanted at 45 degrees.

To gain access to the fort an attacker would have to cross the field of fire (the open area to the front of the fort), penetrate the abatis (the line of felled trees that surrounded the ditch), enter the ditch, and scale the walls while the defenders were well protected behind the embankments.

These restored walls illustrate how the entire 818-yard perimeter of Fort Ward appeared in late 1864.
HM NumberHM4SJ
Series This marker is part of the Defenses of Washington series
Placed ByCity of Alexandria
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 317517 N 4300131
Decimal Degrees38.83108333, -77.10230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.865', W 77° 6.138'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 51.90" N, 77° 6' 8.28" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4301 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria VA 22304, US
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